4 Signs Your Strong Female Character Might Still be a Sexist Stereotype | Tips for how to make sure your strong female characters aren’t doing more harm than good. A must read for writers wanting to write strong female characters.

4 Signs Your Strong Female Character Might Still be a Sexist Stereotype

Women have not always been portrayed well in fiction, with female characters often being relegated to little more than objects or plot devices. Real-life women grew tired of their fictional counterparts always being in in need of rescue or stuffed into refrigerators, and the Strong Female Character was born. The Strong Female Character archetype was well-intended. … Read more

6 Ways to Use Your Protagonist’s Sidekick | Tips for utilising your protagonist’s sidekick to achieve more than just comic relief. Turn them into a useful, lovable character.

6 Ways to Use Your Protagonist’s Sidekick

Ah the sidekick. Dimwitted menace or valuable tool? Many sidekicks are written poorly and with the primary role of providing comic relief or making the protagonist look good. This sort of sidekick can work in some forms of fiction, but is mostly unsympathetic. But writers are sometimes afraid that making their sidekick competent will make … Read more

4 Reasons You Should Avoid Dreams in Novels | Tips about writing dream sequences in novels, and why you should avoid it. A must read for writers who have written out detailed dreams in their stories.

4 Reasons You Should Avoid Writing Dreams in Novels

If you’re on a book editor’s website reading blog posts about writing then you’ve been in the writersphere long enough to have heard that editors and agents hate dreams in novels. Many people in the writing community tend to just parrot what they’ve heard others say so the reasons behind these remarks get lost and … Read more

2 Storytelling Lessons from SIX OF CROWS | Analysing other stories can help you develop your own storytelling skills. What storytelling lessons can we learn from SIX OF CROWS?

2 Storytelling Lessons from SIX OF CROWS

I read the first chapter of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo for #FirstChapterFriday and enjoyed it so much that I decided to read the rest of the book. I loved it and, as I can never turn off my editor brain, I pulled out two great storytelling lessons this book has to teach writers. 1. Don’t … Read more

3 Characterisation Tips from HARRY POTTER | Tips from HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE for making your characters come alive.

3 Characterisation Tips from Harry Potter

In this video I bring you three characterisation techniques using examples from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Learn how word choice, actions and dialogue can help you develop your characters! Check out: Don’t miss a thing! Join the mailing list for latest posts, offers and resources.

How to Develop a Character | Character questionnaires don’t always let you get to know your character in a way that’s helpful. Ask you character these questions, and you’ll know exactly who your characters are :)

How to Develop a Character

(Video transcript) I don’t like character questionnaires and profiles because knowing things about someone is completely different to knowing someone and if you’re going to follow a character through a story you need to know who they are. Characters navigate the plot by making decisions and acting, and it’s important to be able to anticipate … Read more

4 Storytelling Lessons from THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER | Analysing other stories can help you develop your own storytelling skills. What storytelling lessons can we learn from THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER?

4 Storytelling Lessons from THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER

After reading the first chapter of the Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury for #FirstChapterFriday, I decided to finish the book. The first chapter started out great, but I noted that the second half of it took a bad turn and hoped that the story would right itself in the following chapters. It didn’t. Here are … Read more

5 Places to Look for Your Character’s Motivation | 5 tips for writers on developing characters with strong motivations. A must read for writers who have trouble finding their characters’ motivations.

5 Places to Look for your Character’s Motivation

What is motivation and why is it important? Motivation is the reason your characters do the things they do. Characters need to have a solid motivation for all the decisions they make throughout the story, but when developing your main characters, the most important motivation you need to give them is the motivation to participate … Read more