OK, so these are not actually rules, as such. This list is just what works for me. You can -- and should -- write any way that works for you, but do take a look: you might find this list is a good starting point for developing your own discipline. 1: Read You'd be amazed … Continue reading Getting it Write: Basic Rules of Writing
A simple way to remember whether you need to use "it's" (with an apostrophe) or "its" (without an apostrophe).
There are three main elements in a story: plot, character and world. And consequently there are three related approaches to developing a piece of fiction: Plot-driven, character-driven, and world-driven.
Wanting to write won't get the words down on the page. Writing will.
Jane peered over the top of her coffee cup and said, “These are not hard and fast rules, just guidelines, OK? First, when you switch speakers, you almost always start a new paragraph.”
It's November, which means it's time once again for NaNoWriMo! That's the National Novel Writing Month: the idea behind which is simple... You know that novel you've been telling yourself that you're going to write "one day"? Well, that day is today.
Writers! Ever worry that your story isn’t long enough? Or maybe that it’s too long? Is your novel actually a novella in disguise? Here’s a handy guide to the standard(ish) categories in fairly common use, plus the word-counts of some well-known tales.