KEPOW! Action Sequences and Taming Them

BANG! Do I have your attention? Action is something that's becoming more and more important in all genres. You could argue that action is less important in some genres, but I don't think that's true. I think it might just look different. There should always be some kind of tension and action. Whether that action comes in the form of some kind of fistfight really depends where your story is going. One of the most important things to think about with action is whether or not your reader can follow. You can ask a close friend to help you with this. Sometimes action sequences are so fast that the reader can't keep up and doesn't know who's doing what. If your action sequences are complicated, yo

Essex Author Day!

On Saturday, I was lucky enough to be invited to be a part of Essex Author Day as part of the Essex Book Festival.

Pace = Climbing Mountains and Jumping Off Them

Pace can be a tricky skill to learn and reign in. Every writer I know has struggled with it in one capacity or another. Either your work feels like it's dragging and nothing's happening, or everything's happening too fast and you need to slow it down. Pace isn't something you learn overnight. It's a difficult beast to wrestle, but you will defeat it. I'm one of those writers who writes so fast I almost always have to slow my writing down in the editing stages. You can't have your reader breathless all the time. It's exhausting. But deciding what to add is sometimes trickier than the first draft! Everything you include in a novel has to mean something. Anything that doesn't add something need

Awesome Female Protagonists Written by Women! IWD 2017

As I've been doing these blogs for a few years, I was stuck for something to list. I love a list, don't you? I've already listed my favourite female characters and authors. But I realised I haven't listed my favourite books with strong female protagonists written by women. So that's what I'm doing! I decided to do a top ten just to make it more difficult! So here they are (alphabetical by author): Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte The Hunger Games trilogy - Suzanne Collins Unearthly trilogy - Cynthia Hand Maybe One Day - Melissa Kantor Divergent trilogy - Veronica Roth The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy - Carrie Ryan Daughter of Deep Silence - Carrie Ryan The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilog

Genre: Mountain Trolls or Victorian Maidens?

Picking a genre isn't so much you thinking about genres and deciding what you want to write. Most of the time, the genre picks you. To butcher Harry Potter, the genre chooses the writer. Usually, you end up writing what you most read, because that's what you most love, and also, without realising it, you've already put thousands of hours of research in just by reading that genre. I'm not here to tell you which genre to write in. The beauty of genre is that there's no right or wrong. Just write whatever you love to write. When you've picked your genre, you have to pay attention to who your readers are. If you write crime for example, your readers are likely to be different from those who read

Top 10 Stand-Alone YA Novels for World Book Day!

Last year I made a list of my top ten favourite book series. This year I'm celebrating the stand-alone novel! Here are my top 10 stand-alone YAs (alphabetical by author): Beautiful Broken Things - Sara Barnard The Reapers are the Angels - Alden Bell Before I Die - Jenny Downham Paper Towns - John Green The Fault in Our Stars - John Green The Rest of Us Just Live Here - Patrick Ness Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver Daughter of Deep Silence - Carrie Ryan The Art of Being Normal - Lisa Williamson The Book Thief - Markus Zusak What are your favourite stand alone novels?

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