Why a character profile is so important It's no secret that creating richly detailed characters is a super important part of creative writing. I absolutely adore making character profiles. In fact, most of the time I create the characters first and the story follows them. If your characters have enough depth, if you know them … Continue reading How to create a character profile (with a free downloadable template for writers)
In July 2017, I wrote a post entitled ME and me: Living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, in which I talked about my experience of life with an often misunderstood and misrepresented chronic medical condition. Since then, I've had so much wonderful feedback resulting from that post, and one random person telling me that I can be … Continue reading ME and the truth: The reality of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
When it comes to planning, I tend to go with one method for a few months, change to something else, stick with it for a while, change back, and so on. Until very recently, I honestly believed a perfect system for me existed and I just hadn't found it yet. And then I realised something. … Continue reading Digital planning apps or bullet journal? Why I refuse to choose.
With NaNoWriMo looming, I feel like I'm caught up in an electric buzz of collective excitement with my writing communities on social media. Writers on the internet are some of the most supportive people I've ever encountered. Maybe it's because writers are also readers, or maybe it's because other writers are rarely the competition due … Continue reading 5 ways writers can support each other online
The response to my ME and me: Living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis post has been so overwhelmingly positive and supportive that I want to write more about living with a chronic illness. One of the recurring themes of the last thirteen years has been discovery - I've learned so much about myself, the world and my … Continue reading Five things I learned from living with a chronic illness
EDIT 14TH MAY 2018: I've written a more detailed post about the symptoms of ME, which is less about my personal experience and more about explaining the condition in more medical terms. You can read it at ME and the truth: The reality of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Sometimes I mention here about being sick, being disabled, … Continue reading ME and me: Living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
When I think of how many amazing books there are out there that have never been published and probably never will be because the subject matter is thought to be too obscure or the story (or author) too unmarketable, it breaks my heart a little. I love to read and I love to support other … Continue reading Why self-publishing is good for readers