Writing for story or writing for genre?

Posted Posted in Creativity, Love, Novel, Storytelling, Writing

I’ve always been confused about what category my stories fall into. I used to think they were ‘chick lit’ but, as I’ve written before, they became too dark. Then I thought that I would write ‘crime’. Sometimes it came out as ‘gritty women’s fiction’. Then, somehow, I wrote a speculative fiction novel. When I started […]

What, When, Where? with Tanya Reimer

Posted Posted in Creativity, Novel, Storytelling, Writing

Continuing the What, Where, When? feature of writers and their writing processes, I am very pleased to welcome Tanya Reimer, author of many speculative fiction novels, to the blog to talk about her writing life. What do you write? I am a writing addict. I will try anything in any dosage. I once had an editor […]

November means Nanowrimo

Posted Posted in nanowrimo, New Year, Novel, Stories, Storytelling

November means Nanowrimo. National Novel Writing Month. The time when I write 50000 words in 30 days. Which isn’t novel length, and the length isn’t the only thing that’s different. I really look forward to November. It’s just after my birthday, just before Christmas and it’s usually cold. So when I discovered Nano many of […]

What, Where, When? with Clodagh Murphy

Posted Posted in Creativity, Novel, Storytelling, Uncategorized, When?, Writing

I’ve been asking authors about the ‘what, where, when?’ of their writing. First up is Clodagh Murphy, author of four novels, to tell us about her writing life. Hi Clodagh. What do you write – what are you currently writing and what made you start writing in the first place? I write romantic comedy – funny, […]

Ideas for your novel – something old or something new?

Posted Posted in Creativity, Novel, Psychology, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing

There’s a dilemma lots of writers face when researching ideas for a novel. We can easily see what’s successful and it’s tempting to follow the trend. Then again, a novel needs a unique concept in order to catch the attention of an agent or publisher. So is there a middle way? It’s true that the […]

Scrivener – what is it good for?

Posted Posted in Creativity, Novel, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing

I’ll declare my own position right now: I’m a big fan of Scrivener. When I started writing I was more than happy with standard word processing software such as Word. After all, I’ve used a typewriter and after deploying Tippex and correction tape the ability to delete a word immediately is a miracle in itself! […]

Writing: Letting go and starting again

Posted Posted in Novel, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing

The process of creating a novel is much longer and has many more stages than just writing. Writing ‘The End’ is rarely the actual end of the process. Editing. Then more editing. Then proofreading. Maybe even a rewrite. Even after the final copy has been emailed or posted to whoever will see it first there […]