As a writer who’s wanted to be published since before I hit puberty, and still looking for the Holy Grail of writing – the Three Book Contract – now I’m in my fifties, I have to confess to getting somewhat churlish when I hear some young bright thing’s first novel has been taken up by a trade…
13 Reasons Why is a hit teen Netflix drama based on the YA novel by Jay Asher. It did so many things right, except using false suspense to pad episodes, when it should have just been shorter.
High Tide in the City is a noir cyberpunk novel by Martine Lillycrop. The following is an extract from the book, available now on Amazon Forget the turban, the Asian music, wispy beard and joss sticks, where he lived said more about Sitaroo Man than his appearance. His next-door neighbour was the council’s high-level housing…
The foolish character trap is a wily foe for writers because so many of us fall right in. Alien Covenant, the latest film in the sci-fi horror series and part two of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus trilogy offers us a great example of what not to do.
I recently had THAT conversation again; the one where I criticise a fictional world for gratuitous use of rape and sexual aggression against women, only for fans of said universe to defend it by telling me how it’s a harsh world and that’s what would happen. It’s a tiring conversation, so here’s why you don’t have to use rape to ensure your readers know your world is horrible.
An effective mirror scene offers another layer to a character’s point of view, by creating a moment in a story where a character catches sight of their own reflection. This moment is generally followed by a realisation, which can be a passing moment of
It’s no surprise that many thriller novels have been made into films, as they’ve got all the ingredients for a good cinematic experience. This is a big genre in fiction, but here are six elements to help you write a thriller…
La La Land is the new musical about two struggling artists trying to make it in Hollywood. It’s also a film about dreaming and it struck me that that’s an important message for writers to remember.
Avoid novelty typewriter-based jewellery, such as cuff-links and get something a writer might actually use. We’ve scoured the web for 10 Christmas gift ideas you won’t be ashamed to give any writer.
A particular story’s voice comes from whichever character is taking the POV. Their voice informs the tone, quirks, phrases and rhythm of the
The Second Life of Bethany Sweet is a fantasy novel about a girl who wakes up in a world she doesn’t belong to. Read an excerpt