Naming Characters and Locations

You’ve reached the critical mass of pronouns or alluding to the protagonist by characteristics, and it’s starting to look a bit silly; you just know you’ll have to go back and edit that out later. For now, you sit there. Stuck at naming a major character or location, feeling the pressure to pen the perfect name. Sound familiar? If so, you’re in luck, because this week’s focus is on naming characters and locations.

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...

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...

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…

Struggling to write a scene

Part one of two. It’s not easy exposing yourself by writing. Being human and open to abundant delightful needs, like to eat, sleep, work and whatnot, it’s nigh impossible to sit down and write an entire novel in one sitting. Hell, even writing a single chapter or a short story is hard! This post explores the myth of writer's block and ways to cope when struggling to write a scene...