Writing Dialogue

Hey guys, let’s talk conversation this week. Dialogue is difficult to get right and trying to make it "realistic" usually results in dry and meandering conversations between characters where nothing happens. Let's explore what makes good dialogue and why it's needed, and finish with a list of quick reference tips...

Life in your Fortress of Solitude

Remember all those memes about “would you stay a month in this isolated cabin without internet for 1 million dollars?” and most of us thought doi yes I would! Imagine all the I would get done without distraction! Well now that’s being put to the test, except we still have the ‘net. It’s arguably one of the biggest obstacles to overcome when trying to get things done. Welcome to 2020’s replacement Olympics: The Isolation Games. Part 1 of "Life in your Fortress of Solitude", where we're looking at the exciting issues of scheduling...

Sci-fi futures

Today’s the first day of the new schedule's writing tips, so let’s keep it topical and have a chat about writing different flavours of sci-fi futures...

Writing set-up

With the prospect becoming increasingly likely that many of us will need to self-quarantine for 14 days at some not-so-distant point, let’s talk about having a good writing set-up. Because let’s face it, when you’re actually not allowed to leave the house, it’s going to be a choice between cracking the back of your project(s) or your sanity after Netflix asks one too many times if you’re still watching… So let’s bunker down and work on something that’ll last long after all this is over!

Inside the ship, missing re-entry.

The feeling, he realised, watching the pale blue dot grow smaller by barely noticeable, increasingly fatal increments, was like straining to see family wave goodbye in his wingmirror before turning a corner. Yes. Drifting away from Earth felt very much like that. An almost ordinary feeling and not as terrifying as he imagined.

Struggling to write a scene

Part two of two. Welcome back! Now that the weekend is over, and the first suggestion of having a tipple to relax and write isn’t always advantageous for a Monday morning, let’s look at another idea in detail for when you're struggling to write a scene…