Extract: High Tide in the City

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…

Literature Works New Writer Conference

Literature Works New Writer Conference Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM This brand new New Writers Conference, hosted by Literature Works, aims to support writers throughout the writing process from start to publication, giving you all the information you need to be successful. From finishing the writing and polishing through to…

A Legacy of Books

Write a bequest of a books from a parent to their child, what would they say? what are their intentions? To whom would someone leave their books and why? Are they bequeathed to a family member, or a friend? Are they expected to read the books, sell them or curate them? Books complete with ticket stub bookmarks, annotations and…

Baby Suet by John Stone

We’ve a new contributor to the blog.  Let’s welcome Jonathan Stone, who’s written the following short story for critiquing.  This is the first time John has had his work read and, as we know, that’s a fragile and scary moment, so lots of encouragement, please! Baby Suet was motionless in shock. She had not expected…

And Then They Were Gone…

Abandoned places are intriguing. Kids are always trying to slip through fences to play on derelict plots of land or explore disused factories and empty houses. These spaces have a sense of decay and also an air of lawlessness. They are outside the norm, making them the perfect places for adventures and stories. Even now,…

Twin Peaks

It’s All In the Shoes

They say that you can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear. It can also tell you a lot about your characters. The key to creating characters with depth, is knowing what makes them tick. Otherwise they’re just cardboard cutouts and their actions serve the plot, rather than feeling organic and…

Fact is Stranger than Fiction

Finding inspiration for stories can sometimes feel like looking for a needle in a haystack, while banging your head against a brick wall. The inspiration for my WIP was a BBC Horizon documentary about a man who woke up with no memory. That story stayed with me and fascinated me, until one day it trickled…

On the Road

Stick your character up a tree and then throw rocks at them or as Billy Wilder said to someone once, “in the second act set the tree on fire and in the third act get them down again”. This is the premise of the three act structure of rising conflict and resolution. That’s what makes…

Undiscovered Voices

I decided to post on the Undiscovered Voices competition this week. The competition is closed for this year so I am afraid you cannot enter this year. If you have not heard of it, the competition is, in their own words ‘a competition for unpublished and un-agented writers and illustrators living in the EU,’ and is…