November 11, 2017

Character depth

Hi guys! Ever come across a character in your reading and found that they only ever respond in a very predictable way? What you might have come across is a character that lacks depth. Characters are like people, they need to have depth for people to love them. Many people believe that to give their characters depth is to give them a huge backstory, which might work, but then you end up dumping the backstory so that the reader knows how much effort was invested into this great character. I have found even in characters that have a huge back story with complicated twists and turns, it is still possible to have a plat or two dimensional character. The reason for this is very simple: the character doesn’t respond to that complicated story in any meaningful way. For characters to stop being two […]
November 4, 2017

The importance of routine

Hi guys, Today, I want to share a little bit of my life and give some advice that I have learnt from that advice. As a writer, I am keenly aware that there is a muse or a mood to write in. I too find it hard to carve out the time to write when there are so many distractions all around. As a writer, you need to move away, especially if you want to be successful, from only writing when in the mood or when you have the time, to writing. I know it sounds trite but here are a few lessons I have learnt recently.  Writing is like a muscle if you don’t exercise it you loose it, or it becomes weak. Reading is essential to good writing Writing is like a muscle. I recently had an accident where my thumb […]
October 14, 2017

Putting it all together

Hi guys this is the last in the series of senses, thanks to my mother for this ideas. If you have any ideas for blog posts drop me a comment and I will see if I can squeeze it in. Today I want to look at the challenge of putting all the senses together, to create a complete scene. First thing we need to establish is that not all people experience all senses at once, people with Autism do but they are gifted like that. Nearly everyone experiences there senses in distinctly and normally tune out some senses when going about their daily lives. It takes extreme training to soak in all the senses at once and have your brain register them all at once. So its ok to write in the same manner. So unless you want to highlight something special then […]
September 30, 2017

Touch, the forgotten sense.

Guys, What does it feel like? We have all seen or heard of the mystery box where you stick your hand into a box and feel something, and based upon that feeling, alone, you have to work out what it is. We as writers so often miss this vital sense when it comes to our world development. I know I have done it plenty. If you haven’t good for you, we should all take lessons form you. We need to be aware of this vital sense. I call it vital because of how important it is, a whole range of emotions can be transmitted by a single touch, everything from love to violence. Let me give you an example of sense of touch done normally in a story. ‘The cool breeze sent a chill up his spine.’ This sentence is good because we […]