Have you ever fallen hopelessly in love with a literary pet and wished they were yours? I have! Countless times! Why? Because, I've always loved animals, of all kinds. Cats top the list though for me. Yes, I am the crazy cat-lady! I have 4 cats - Harry, Nymeria Nymphadora, Brave and Oreo. The first … Continue reading The Puuuuuuuurfect literary Pet
They say a writer should write what they know. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say this and it seems to be the most common piece of advice offered to all aspiring writers. But what does it mean? And does it help you become a better writer? For a long time, … Continue reading Do you see what I see?
What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare's famous line from Romeo & Juliet should by all accounts be a golden rule of thumb - and far be it from me to argue with the master! However, I find myself wondering … Continue reading A rose, by any other name…
This NaNoWriMo I have set myself the goal of outlining and plotting the series of middle-grade fantasy books I plan on writing. To achieve this goal I have decided to use a method created by Randy Ingermanson called the Snowflake Method. Disclaimer: I am not an expert!🤫 I first came across the Snowflake Method a … Continue reading The Snowflake Method
Ok... we've officially reached the 1st of November! My initial response this morning, was a whiplash headspin-esque freakout. Where has the year gone??? It was summertime barely 5 minutes ago and between the kids starting school, birthday's, half-term, a bout of pneumonia and Halloween, we've bypassed Autumn and arrived at the "don't panic, but it's … Continue reading NaNoWriMo… here I come!
As a fledgling author, I'm still trying to find my feet and figure out what works for me. There's a lot to take in. Luckily, I found some writing theory classes a while back that have been a great help. Over the past month, I've predominantly focused on worldbuilding, outlining and research. Worldbuilding, because it … Continue reading Travelling back in time…
When you're planning on writing a book series set in the real world with a rich historical backdrop - research is essential if you want to lend your work an air of authenticity and accuracy! I have both fiction and non-fiction books that cover different aspects of the real world my story will be set … Continue reading Research trip… here I come!
So, I haven't updated the blog for a couple of weeks now. Why? I fell down the worldbuilding rabbit hole! I was told the rabbit hole of detail-mania is a common problem when worldbuilding. You start with the basics and suddenly find you've described a minor character's favourite snacks and the time they were three … Continue reading Worldbuilding – Down the rabbit hole
This week is all about worldbuilding and it's going to be epic! I've been looking forward to starting this process for ages and the day has finally arrived. What is worldbuilding? Well, worldbuilding is, in short, the process of designing a fictional world that feels realistic and multidimensional. Every facet of a world, from its … Continue reading Worldbuilding a fantasy series
This week marks the beginning of the summer holiday here in Norway. The kids had their last day at school on Tuesday and thanks to the fabulous weather, it's been a great week! Wednesday was particularly fun being Midsummer's Eve or "Sankthansaften" as we call it. Here in the south of Norway - if you … Continue reading Summer is here!