Tag Archives: storytelling

On anthropomorphising the book genres…

I have an odd imagination; my husband tells me this constantly. I think of the oddest of things at times when you might least expect it. For instance, I glimpsed this morning’s newsletter with last week’s blog post opening sentence and I said to myself, “What kind of personalities would book genres be if they were people?” And then I thought that might make for an interesting blog post; so here goes…

Obligatory disclaimer: There are hundreds of genres and sub-genres and if I attempt to figure them all out we’ll be here all year so I

You know you’re a writer when …

I saw a writers’ meme (?) on Facebook the other day.

I reposted it and tagged my husband, apologising, because there have been many times when I am writing something and I burst out mid-sentence, reading what I’ve written out loud. He immediately understood what it meant. I told him I’d wait to be alone in future and his response was, “Nah. You won’t. You’ll just forget about it in the moment, and just go on reading out loud as you normally do.”

I am ashamed to say that he’s probably right.

Writer’s Write does a few of

Editor’s pick for August 2013

I am a vampire fiction fan, so I freely admit to my bias towards this month’s pick.

“Our Miss Engel” is a short but sweet read that is written journal-style from the perspective of a teacher in the early 1900s. Employed to teach a group of small young girls at a convent school, a young woman finds that her charges are a little more of a handful than young children normally are. Much is strange about how these young girls are taught and cared for at the academy, and at first our Miss Engel is enchanted and determined

Writing is just as much visual as it is contextual

I stumbled onto a link that focuses on an aspect of writing that not many people consider when they are writing: typography. The link was shared by on one of my social media feeds and it is essentially a book-in-a-website. An intriguing way to publish in itself (and certainly a subject for a discussion at some later date), it was less about the fact that the book was indistinguishable from the website and more about the content of the book. This is a book about typography. My social media friend had introduced it by writing, “If you

Series novels: a way to stay in the story

There is a school of thought that states that series novels are the way to go when self-publishing. You draw your reader in with the first in a series and are thus guaranteed a readership for the rest of the series.

There is much truth to this sentiment. If you think about all the one-shot novels you’ve read, especially the good ones, you are often left with a feeling of “Well, what happened afterwards?” when you’re done reading. Haven’t you ever wondered what our heroes or heroines get up to after a particularly rousing plot? These days, I