Nathan Drake Unchartered

Writing Characters

Some of the best characters in literature are never described and their background only emerges as the book progresses. So how do you get your character to come across as a real person, who your readers will love?


Writers Glossary: Tense

On the Writer’s Glossary this week: Tense We all like a bit of tension in our novels, but this meaning refers to another of the fundamentals of narrative: past, present or future. Past The most common tense used in modern writing is past tense, implying the narrator is recalling or describing events which have already…

Manic pixie dream girls

Writer’s Glossary: Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Manic Pixie Dream Girl (MPDG) is a term that was coined and later retracted by film critic Nathan Rabin, after seeing Kirstin Dunst in Elizabethtown. The MPDG has no motivation, life or backstory of her own, she is just there as an almost mystical guide for the moping, angsty man.


Who Are You Willing To Kill?

It’s often said that a writer is the god of their story, able to bestow or withhold life and dictate the fate of their characters. While this sounds like a megalomaniac’s dream, a writer will see this as a serious responsibility. As a novelist, chances are you will eventually be faced with the prospect (or…

Writing in first-person

Writer’s Glossary: POV

On the Writer’s Glossary today… POV stands for Point of View – the access point through which the reader ‘enters’ the book. POV is usually written through the perception and thoughts of one of the main characters in first, second or third person viewpoint. Each POV type has its own merits and shortcomings, so some…


Editing – Writer’s Nightmare Part 2

Following on from last week’s introduction to Editing post, here are another 5 tips to get you on the road to a polished, professional manuscript. If you didn’t read Part 1, you can find it here. 1 Deliver all your promises. Every twist and turn in your plot must have a resolution. Every mystery, conundrum…


Writer’s Glossary: Redshirt

In the Writer’s Glossary today… Redshirt: This term originates from Star Trek, but is often found in printed fiction, too. A redshirt is a character destined to die soon after making their entrance. In the TV series, characters in red uniforms (usually security or engineering) would often meet some grisly fate before the end of…

Polishing your work? This is the result.

Editing – The Writer’s Nightmare Part 1

Editing and re-writing is a prospect few, if any, writers truly enjoy, but it’s a necessary part of being a writer, and it’s something every agent or publisher will expect you to do before you send your work to them. Even those writers who ‘edit as they go’ will still need to edit again. And…