Your Editor Is Not Your Enemy

Your Editor Is A Partner In The Creative Process – Not Your Enemy Writing is something we do in isolation, but as soon as we send a story or novel in to an editor or agent, the process becomes collaborative. I didn’t always realise this…

Where Do You Start Your Short Story?

This is month three of the Short Story Challenge. You should all be busy with your third story now. I am loving the stories that have been posted for January and February and I am proud of you guys. This week, I want to talk…

How To Write Better Emails: 6 Rules For Everyone

"We send emails to place orders, answer questions, ask questions, inform, entertain, and promote. If a client’s first impression of a company is a written one, make sure it is good. The way we answer our telephone, the way we conduct ourselves in a meeting, and…

Character Interview – A Worksheet For Beginners

If you're looking for a starting point for creating a character, you will enjoy this worksheet. Lee White's character interview will kickstart your journey into your character's past. If you are looking for more in-depth questionnaires, please have a look at these: The Only Character Questionnaire…

The 18 Essential Rules Of Journalism

Guest Post The Essential Rules of Journalism serves as your no-BS cheat-sheet to the rules of the playing field. They are, at least in my humble opinion, what makes a good journalist– and good journalism. Writing them down was partially inspired by Captain Beefheart’s Commandments…

Getting Your Lucky Break As A Writer

You Have To Show Up For the longest time, I didn’t feel like a writer. I felt like fraud. Once, when I was 30, I decided to respond to an ad for a position as magazine journalist. I didn’t have any experience, but I attached…

My Short Story Writing Process – In 12 Easy Steps

Thank you for the continuing enthusiastic response to our Short Story Challenge. It’s awesome. I have created a closed group on Facebook: 12 Short Stories In 12 Months. Please join the group if you want to submit your story every month.  My Short Story Writing Process…

Why Plain Language Matters In A Post-Truth World

After a world-tilting start to 2017, where a spokesperson for Donald Trump coined the phrase ‘alternative facts’ as if it actually meant something, it has become clear that communicating clearly and truthfully is going to become an uphill battle. (Read points 7 and 8 in…

16 Tips From A Terrible Writer

Just like any other art or skill, writing takes time and practice. It may sound simple putting words together but if you look at it, it’s not. You have to use words to deliver your message and you have to make sense so readers can…