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. But this trope can still be problematic.

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

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

A lot of people say you should avoid writing dreams in novels. But why?

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

Books make the best writing teachers. So what 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

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!

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:

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 what these decisions and actions might be if you want your character to be consistent. But, where do you start to develop a character?

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

Books make the best writing teachers. What lessons can we learn from this book?

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

Character's aren't believable if they're not motivated. Here are 5 places to look for your character's motivation.

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