5 Things about Character Names

“He doesn’t look like a Paul“. Ever heard that phrase, or something similar? Like it or not, there’s more to a character’s name than just a title. Your character’s name does a lot more than provide a hook to hang their hat on. Of course, you could just make up the first name that comes…


The Power of Pen and Paper for Writer’s Block

Writers today have a wide range of tools, literally at their fingertips. However, I still find a place for pen and paper, in my writing habits. When I say this, I’m surprised how many writers I know shudder at the thought and cry, “Oh, no. I can’t write longhand. It’s just not the same as a keyboard”. No, it’s not the same, but that’s the point.

black character stereotypes

9 Black Character Stereotypes to Avoid in Your Writing

Congratulations, you’re writing a story with a diverse set of characters. This is a great thing and needs to be supported. A fear of political correctness mustn’t stop writers from creating characters from other races, religions or walks of life. Writing from beyond your own experience takes a little bit more thought and work, but that’s our job, right? The first step to writing non-white characters is understanding the mistakes of the past. So here’s my checklist for avoiding the most common black character stereotypes…

Deadpool in media res

Writer’s Glossary: In Media Res

In Latin, in media res means into the middle of things. For writers this means start your story in the middle of the action to hook the reader. The temptation is to start a story at the beginning, but that often leads the reader wading through lots of preamble. Start the story when it gets good.

Elements of dystopian fiction

6 Elements of Dystopian Fiction

It seems that writing a dystopian YA novel, is the golden ticket to a film trilogy in Hollywood. Well, it may be too late to jump on the YA train, as it must be reaching dystopian saturation, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t avenues to explore in other fiction markets. Dystopian fiction considers current day issues and takes them to a nightmarish conclusion. What if reality TV was fought to the death? The Hunger Games.

famous anti-heroes

Writer’s Glossary: Anti-hero

An anti-hero is a protagonist who lacks the attributes that we associate with a traditional hero. Whilst a hero is courageous, beautiful, loyal, strong and driven to uphold justice and protect the innocent, an anti-hero may be…