My story The Elephant Carnival reached the short list at the beginning of February and then I found out todays it’s a winner! It will appear in an anthology alongside nine other winning animal stories, which is scheduled for release in October this year. What I am most excited about is that the characters I… Read More I won the Mumsnet/Walker Books Children’s Animal Story Competition!
My pet phrases are: ‘His eyes narrowed,’ ‘He raised his eyebrows,’ ‘He frowned/glared/scowled/glanced/glowered.’ Yep, I have a real thing about eyes and dark menacing brows, to the extent I ignore the rest of the face and body. How about, ‘creased his nose,’ ‘slight curve of a smile’ ‘heart thudded,’ ‘lips twitched,’ ‘face, mask tight,’ ‘fiddled… Read More Dialogue tags and body language – stuck using the same old phrases?
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Okay it’s January. New Year. New writing resolutions. The weather is so bad you might as well be sat behind your desk trying to hit that work count. But after only a few days of diligence, your mind wanders, your enthusiasm wanes and your stomach wants sweet comforting. You are not alone. Eight out of ten… Read More Beat the winter writing blues
At the beginning of a writing course I recently attended, everyone was invited to take one item out of their handbag (we were all women) that demonstrated something interesting about their character. After rummaging for a minute through my messy handbag, crammed with receipts, many pens (most ‘borrowed,’ not working) and random scrapes of paper… Read More What does your private e-library say about you?
How familiar is the action hero who fights to the end without showing a glimpse of doubt, shock or fear? Or the antagonist who sets in motion horrifying events but never shows a flicker of pain, guilt or remorse? We’ve all read those books and seen those films, and it’s understandable why it’s tempting to… Read More How to handle contradiction in fiction
Some of the random advice I’ve had from publishing professional during the last five years. Don’t write in first person, it’s really hard to sustain for the length of a novel. The authors of Jane Eyre and Twilight seem to have managed. Don’t write in present tense it jars, the perspective is too limited. Umm, Hunger… Read More Seriously bad writing advice
I have had five critiques on the opening two chapters of my novel and phew they don’t hate it. I averaged 3.5 stars out of 5 over all. I scored highest on concept, structure and dialogue. Character was still a three. So that’s ok. Everyone thought that my main character Leah sounded a realistic eighteen… Read More Litreactor Critique – The results
I am reading Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go. It’s such a good example of first person and present tense. I also love the symbolism of the knife throughout and how it’s central to the theme – Todd becoming a man. There’s a galloping plot, and Todd’s voice is very engaging. The animals… Read More The Knife of Never Letting Go
I’ve just posted the opening chapters of my novel on Litreactor, an online writing community for a critique. My novel, is called Genesis, a murder mystery set at a university near London, targeted at the girlie YA market. All submissions get rated on concept, structure, characters and dialogue. There’s a five star marking system and… Read More Litreactor Critique