settings that are characters

Using Setting As Character in Fiction

I’m currently working on a project where I’m attempting to develop the setting as a character. I’ve always enjoyed stories in which the physical location plays an integral role in the narrative; stories that imbue a place with such significance and influence that the place starts to take on a personality of its own.

plot development

What’s the Worst That Can Happen? Plot Development Through Adversity

If there’s ever going to be a sure fire solution for awesome plot development, it’s going to be this single question: What’s the worst thing that can happen?

how to write flash fiction

6 Quick Tips on How to Write Sparkling Flash Fiction

I love reading and writing flash fiction. Flash fiction is concentrated fiction. There’s not a lot to it in terms of volume, but if it’s done right, flash fiction is complex, rich and packs a satisfying punch. Like any story format, there’s always going to be more than a few ways of writing flash fiction. This is how I write flash fiction, most of the time.

critique groups for writers

5 Reasons Why a Critique Group Will Make You A Better Writer

Critiquing someone else's writing and in turn, having your work critiqued by others is an incredibly valuable process. It's not only helpful for other people to lend your time and energy into critiquing their work, it will also make you a better writer. Here are 5 reasons why.

proofreading reading aloud

Why Reading Out Loud is My Favourite Proofreading Method

Reading out loud is probably my most loved proofreading method and it’s definitely part of the proofreading and editing process that no writer should overlook. Reading out loud is critical, especially when proofreading your own work, because it lets you experience the words in ways that silent reading just can’t do.

Writing Though Stress: Tips to Keep Writing When Life Gets Tough

There isn’t a single profession that’s immune to stress. None that I can think of at least. From the outside,...

time management for creatives

The Art of Creative Scheduling

In this post, I’m talking about creative scheduling. It’s what I do when my usual patterns of time management are...

Brain Food For Writers: Eat Your Way to Better Writing

Imagine you could eat your way into writing better. Hello brain food! Brain food is food that has some specific...

editing using the 10 per cent rule

Editing Your Writing Using the 10 Per Cent Editing Process

Congratulations! You’ve written the first draft. Now it’s time to begin the editing process and throw a huge pile of words into the trash. The 10 per cent rule is a popular and effective editing process used for revising writing of all kinds. When I'm finished writing a first draft of a story or an article, it's typically the first thing I'll do as I begin the editing phase.

Hand Exercises for Writers: Protecting Your Hands from Writing Related Injury and Stress

Why do writers need to do hand exercises? How many times a day do you hit an individual keyboard key?...

how to use a writer's notebook

The Magical Power of the Writer’s Notebook

I can't say conclusively for absolutely every writer, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find a writer who didn't use a writer's notebook of some kind. A writer’s notebook is many things for many different writers. It’s a place for jotting down new ideas. It’s a place for brainstorming and working through ideas in progress. A writing notebook can be used for free writing, or writing exercises, recording inspirations, outlining, making bug sheets, long hand prose... writing notebooks are used for just about anything. Do you need a writer’s notebook?

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