Is The Typewriter The New Must-Have Writing Tool?

Is The Typewriter The New Must-Have Writing Tool?

GUEST POST When you think of a typewriter, do you visualise obsolete machines with some decorative value? Do you think of them as the source of the QWERTY keyboard on your computer? Or, do you think of the more modern typewriters that Tom Hanks collects?…
Is Game Of Thrones Worth Your Time

Is Game Of Thrones Worth Your Time?

The new Game of Thrones TV series is coming out. This got me thinking about how my opinion of the franchise has changed over the years. Maybe, you feel the same? Let’s find out. The Distant Past When I was young and poor, and living on a…
7 Deadly Rules For Creating A Villain

7 Deadly Rules For Creating A Villain

Every story has a villain. There wouldn't be much conflict for your protagonist to overcome if there was no antagonist to stir the pot. Yours might be the evil villain who opposes everything your hero does. They might be the treacherous double-agent from the past, or…
All About The Genre Of Romance Writing

All About The Romance Writing Genre

Genres are great because they give us guarantees. We like to buy specific books in well-known genres because we enjoy the formula and we know what to expect. In The 17 Most Popular Genres In Fiction, we said: Genre is a style or category of…
Why You Need To Write Your Memoir Like Fiction

Why You Need To Write Your Memoir Like Fiction

Why You Need To Write Your Memoir Like Fiction Once you have done the ground work for your memoir, as we teach you to do in our memoirs course, you need to put your fiction writer’s hat on. Let’s face it. Nobody wants to read…
8 Benefits Of Attending A Writers’ Meeting

The 8 Benefits Of Attending A Writers’ Meeting

GUEST POST Years ago, I trembled at the thought of attending a writer’s meeting. I was shy, introverted, and a dedicated homebody. Actually, I still am all of those things, but the difference between now and then is that I eventually craved interaction with other…
Poetry 101: How To Analyse A Poem

Poetry 101: How To Analyse A Poem

Reading and commenting on a poem is a new adventure for many of us in the 12 Poems in 12 Months Challenge. We are here to learn and grow as writers and poets and we all want to give and receive valuable feedback.  Here are…
Mary Sues & Why They Make The Best Protagonists 

Mary Sues & Why They Might Make The Best Protagonists

Mary Sues have become a catch-all insult for poorly written characters. People will often accuse a character of being a Mary Sue, especially when they don’t like the book or movie, instead of examining what is actually wrong with the writing. So, let me show…
8 Awesome Reasons To Join An Online Course

8 Awesome Reasons To Join An Online Course

The Awesome Adaptability Of An Online Course I will always love a ‘real’ class. A room packed with people who have shared interests and are eager to learn, but if that room is at the bottom of the big continent called Africa and you’re nowhere…
6 Ways For Writers To Stay Motivated

6 Ways For Writers To Stay Motivated

Guest Post If there’s one essential ingredient for writing, it’s motivation. If you can’t get yourself to the blank page, it doesn’t matter how many beautiful words you have trapped inside you. So if you find your motivation wavering, here are 6 simple ways to…