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 […]

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 […]

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 MIND 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 […]

Harrogate 2014 – #TOPCrime2014

I’m writing this blog post later than I’d hoped as I ended up spending the end the end of July chained to my laptop trying to complete my Camp NaNoWriMo word count. More on that next time! 3 weeks ago I attended Harrogate Crime Writing Festival for the third time. I’ve only just managed to […]

Using a Book as a Tool to Make money

Yesterday I attended an event which was primarily aimed at learning about business and making money. One of the last talks of the day was about how to use a book to this end. It was a completely new slant on the idea of writing a book and publishing it yourself. I preface this by […]