I’ve always been a sucker for fantasy novels. I blame Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series for this, as it hooked me as a teenager and I still read it today.
From a reader’s point of view, I love the fact that fantasy novels are set in strange and amazing worlds. From a writer’s point of view, I’ve hit the hurdle of having to create a world of my own and – most difficult of all – make it believable. Continue reading
I’ve given myself six months to plan and research my novel, and I’ve reached the stage where I am trying to create and develop my characters. It’s not easy.
I’ve been researching how to go about it, and it seems to boil down to a few, seemingly straightforward, steps: Continue reading
I watched the film ‘King Arthur’ on television the other day. Or rather, I saw part of the film, because the characters were so wooden, and the retelling of the story so contrived as to be unwatchable.
I do not say this lightly, because I generally like Clive Owen and Keira Knightly, who were the leads in this particular film, and I grew up an avid reader of myths and legends such as the tale of King Arthur. Continue reading
There’s a lot of information out there about writing.
Freelance writing, blogging, plays, novels, short stories – you name it and you’ll find advice galore online. But how much of it is useful? Continue reading