How to write a book

Psychopath Or Sociopath – What’s The Difference?

Imagine not having a conscience.  You would have no feelings of guilt, regret, shame or remorse. You would not be concerned about the well-being of anyone, including family members, strangers, and co-workers. The concept of being responsible for your actions does not make sense to…

7 Things I’ve Learnt From Meeting Memorable Writers

Confessions of a book club host I have met, interviewed, and hosted more authors at literary dinners than I can remember. I have watched these authors speak to my guests, answer my questions and sell their books for more than 10 years. Some of the…

Write About What Matters

Writing what you know is great advice. It is a good place to start. It saves you hours of research and it gives you confidence that shows in your writing. It just makes sense. If you are a runner and you write about your protagonist…

The 15 Most Memorable Mothers In Literature

Last year, we celebrated Mother's Day with a post on The Top 15 Quotes About Mothers This year, I decided to list the 15 most memorable mothers from the books I've read. I hope some of them inspire you to create memorable mothers in the…

Why A Disease Cannot Be An Antagonist

A question that comes up again and again while I am teaching Writers Write  is whether or not a disease can be the antagonist. I don’t think so. Here’s why: Claire steps into the lab. The door swooshes shut behind her. She misses slamming doors. That…

What Will You Miss? Using Lists As Inspiration

When we teach our creative writing course, Writers Write, we always include exercises where we ask delegates to make lists for the characters they create. These could be shopping lists, bucket lists, or 10 things they would do if they won the lottery. These lists…

The Two Main Characters – A Writer’s Worksheet

Remember that the antagonist is the character who MOST stands in the way of the protagonist achieving his or her story goal. The antagonist does not have to be a bad person. Read our 10 Essential Tips for Writing Antagonists and then fill in this worksheet from Lightning…

Holidays For Writers – Heaven or Hell?

A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing. ~Eugene Ionesco In between avoiding deadlines and a nervous breakdown, I have been day-dreaming about getting away for the festive season. What is a perfect holiday for…
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