Certain moments in our lives seem to last forever. Whether it is a first kiss or a car crash, time can seem to stretch…or even stop. Aaron Sitze explains how this sensation is conveyed in cinema and how the same conventions can be used to slow down time in your writing. Lesson by Aaron Sitze, animation by TED-Ed. -Youtube Blurb Continue reading How Writers Slow Down Time
Whilst getting inspired for writing material and stories is usually not a problem for me, I have been struggling with my ‘why’ lately. A ‘why’ is not to be confused with a goal or target. I have plenty of them and find it easy to remember what they are. In particular, my main goal (to earn a full-time living from fiction writing) is clearly imprinted … Continue reading How to Draw Inspiration from Unlikely Sources
The point of fiction is to cast a spell, a momentary illusion that you are living in the world of the story. But as a writer, how do you suck your readers into your stories in this way? Nalo Hopkinson shares some tips for how to use language to make your fiction really come alive. –Youtube Blurb Continue reading How To Write Fiction That Comes Alive?
I am currently a tiny bit obsessed with the Shannara Chronicles and found this entertaining and insightful TEDx Talk by Terry Brooks about how to write plausible fantasy that doesn’t shy away from discussing weighty issues. Let me know what you think about this in the comments below. Continue reading Writing About Elves: Terry Brooks On Putting Weight Behind Your Fantasy
How we tell stories seems to be a mysterious process that millions around the world want to be able to do, but 99.9% effectively fail. Why is it so hard for storyteller and audience to be one? What we communicate can change the lives of the writer and the audience. However, why stories matter and how to tell them better may not be as mysterious … Continue reading The Mystery of Storytelling: Advice From a Literary Agent (Julian Friedmann)
Most of us indie authors are obsessed with writing more, either through forming a habit of writing more regularly or by driving up word count through learning how to touch type or through use of dictation software. I am really impressed by all of the many ways in which it is possible to increase productivity as an indie fiction author and I have tried some … Continue reading 1 Ninja-Trick-Free Technique You Can Use to Write More
To write for a living is generally thought of as a solitary activity. Mainly that’s true. Writing for me usually means being locked away inside my measly little flat for hours …sometimes days!
Also, seeing that most of the work actually goes on inside my head, I often feel that it is very difficult to actually share the amazing journey I am on: to becoming a full-time fiction writer. Continue reading “5 Ways You Can Share Your Writer’s Journey”
So, the Horror Writers Podcast had indie horror writer David Moody over for a casual chat in episode #18. Whilst I don’t agree with Moody when he says that the zombie genre is past it’s best (I am paraphrasing), I do think that the man has an interesting story to share with aspiring writers… Continue reading How To Write ‘Infected Books’ With David Moody