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 22, 2017

Eirnland – Kathryn Berryman

Kathryn Berryman’s Eirnland for me was a mixture of emotions. I will admit upfront that this book was not for me, as it is not my normal fair for reading. As Kathryn is a friend of mine I pushed through the book and I will now give you my honest opinion. Eirnland started off slow, it set up the two major characters in opposite directions and then proceeded to add more characters. For me this was a little frustrating as I either wanted the writer to go back to the character she had just set up and done a wonderful job of making me like them. Kathryn does a wonderful job of painting vivid locations that I could almost touch with her words, at times I wished she would get on with the fighting. I was rewarded or my faith with a battle […]
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 […]
September 23, 2017

It was tasty

Hi guys, We have all heard that phrase ‘it was tasty.” While the sentiment is nice, it has little effect on describing the food. When dealing with food anyone with an interest in food quality will know that there are several types of food: Salty Sweet Sour Bitter Bland How does this help my writing? I hear you ask. Well not very much, because it is hard to write these sensation into the written words without using those words. Everyone has eaten bad food and we all know why that food was bad- it was too salty,  too bitter, was over cooked or under cooked. Most people don’t have the skills needed to accurately describe why the food was good. Please note I am not going to give you those skills here, I am talking about how to write those sensations. For many […]