Cardboard Protagonists – how we view the world is it affecting my writing

I’m often assured by others that I am not the only one that has this problem but in my first draft I always find that  my Protagonist hasn’t become the integral part of the storyline that they should be. Instead the story shifts and moves around them, I struggle to effectively link them emotionally to […]

Terry Pratchett

We all learnt this week of the death of Sir Terry Pratchett. I wanted to write a quick post this week discussing what I had taken away from my own reading of Pratchett’s work. My own exposure to Pratchett’s books has so far been through his Discworld novels. Being a complete Christmasphile my favourite Pratchett […]

Wandering Storylines

I’ve been watching Game of Thrones recently. (yes I have been a bit slow on the uptake!) It has got me thinking about storylines and the way we write them in our novels compared to how we used to make up stories in our heads when we were little. Game of thrones and its sudden […]

Revisiting Old Favourites

I had the rare pleasure of revisiting a fantasy world that I have loved some time ago through a new story recently. Garth Nix’s Clariel a prequel to Sabriel, the first of the Abhorsen trilogy was published. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, there is something different about revisiting a world where you know all of […]

Starting From Scratch – coming back from confidence knocks

This year I’m intending to make the most of New Years resolution season but getting myself back in the saddle with my writing. It’s been an epically intense couple of months at my day job and I certainly haven’t emerged unscathed. Constant criticisms from my current manager about my written work and the quality of […]

Some thoughts on #WorldMentalHealthDay

Given that today is World Mental Health Day I thought that I would take the opportunity to offer some of my thoughts about how writing can help to deal with mental health issues. I’m a big supporter of┬áMIND and Time to Change, in fact I’m due to be taking part in this years Great South […]

Changing Tastes – How Fickle are we as readers?

So I recently turned 30 and although I’m very much looking forward to my 30’s I have been very introspective about how much I’ve changed over the past 10 yrs or so. One area that I’ve noticed a particular change in over the years is my reading tastes. Looking back over my shelves they are […]