The other day I was driving through a slush storm having just dropped my kids off at their ballet lessons. The temperature was yo-yoing just around freezing and the sky was dark grey—a heavy mass of clouds that couldn't make up their minds if they wanted to pelt us with rain or bury us in … Continue reading When are you at your most creative?
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
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…
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