The Art of Description

Description really is the bulk of a story, and a lot of people try and sidestep it as much as they can. I must admit, I used to be one of those people. Description would take me much longer to write, and I'd have to really think about it, so I'd tend to whizz past where I could. I'm a type, type, type and never stop kind of person. But it really makes a difference when you slow down and take a look. The perfect balance with description can sometimes be hard to find. Too much and the reader will get bored and start skimming (guilty). Too little and the reader won't be able to picture what's going on. You want your reader to live in your story, but you don't want them to drown there. There is

Dialogue and Chatter

Dialogue shouldn't be the pain in the butt some people think it is. After all, we hear people talking all day every day, and we know our spoken language better than anyone. Once you know your characters and your voice for narration, dialogue should be a doddle. The thing most writers struggle with is making dialogue sound natural. I must confess, dialogue was the first thing I truly nailed when I first started writing, but I think that's because I write in a very casual sort of way. If you can spin the most detailed and beautiful description, I'm guessing dialogue was more difficult to grasp. Something I've realised over the years is that people who 'get' description first struggle with dial

Favourite Fictional Couples

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! In celebration, I thought I'd list my top ten favourite fictional couples! Functional or dysfunctional, meant-to-be or doomed, who doesn't love a love story? Caine and Diana (GONE series) Cas and Anna (Anna Dressed in Blood duology) Cassie and Evan (The 5th Wave trilogy) Cathy and Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) Gaby and Rafa (Rephiam series) Hazel and Augustus (The Fault in Our Stars) John and Sarah (Lorien Legacies series) R and Julie (Warm Bodies) Sam and Grace (The Wolves of Mercy Falls series) Nora and Patch (Hush, Hush series) Love Molly x

Narration: The Perfect Voice

Narration can be both the easiest thing in the world and the most difficult depending on who's telling the story. It's crazy how different characters can narrate in different ways. Some are eloquent and thoughtful and others just want to jabber away. Some implore the reader to understand, others ignore the reader completely. The only thing that matters is that you pick the right voice. I find narration can make or break a story. A 'voice' that I love will have me reading and reading. A 'voice' that grates on me is unlikely to get read to the end. The most important thing to do is to make the narrator engaging and relatable, whichever way you tell the story. Decide whether you want your narra

Instagram Livestameet

On Saturday, I was lucky enough to be invited to Instagram's first "Livestameet" where a few awesome people were going to be gathered together to go live on Instagram at the same time. Going live was bizarre, but kind of great. It's like talking to yourself, but people can listen, which I found strangely powerful. Other than falling into a Central Line tube train and almost landing on my face, I had an amazing day meeting some incredible people and catching up with my awesome friend Fay. I must say, I felt pretty important when I realised there were only a handful of us invited! I've said it before, and I'll say it again, it's all about who you know. Thanks so much to Instagram for the oppor

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