One Writer's Journey

January 18, 2018

Over the last few months, I’ve been watching a lot of anime. And by a lot, I mean hours and hours as I pre-screen shows for my ten-year-old son. He’s at that awkward age where many of the Y-7 shows are too immature for him (boring and stupid according to him), but the...

September 14, 2017

Have you ever listened to a real life conversation and then tried to transcribe it into your story only to realize it doesn’t work? You’re left scratching your head and wondering how to write clever, witty, quick conversation. Dialogue is a fantastic tool in the writer...

August 10, 2017

You’ve slaved away over it. Bled and cried words on to the blank page. Finally, after months, years, weeks, you’ve typed those glorious words ‘The End.’ Now what? There’s a lot of conflicting advice on what to do once you’ve completed your manuscript. Some of it is com...

July 20, 2017

We’ve all seen the advice. Avoid alliteration. Don’t use onomatopoeia (Don’t worry. If you don’t know what that is, I’ll explain later.) Don’t rhyme. Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. Just Don’t!

I call BS on the list of do not that tell a writer to avoid using tools in their tool b...

June 15, 2017

Subtext is a tricky beast to tame, but once you’ve mastered it, a whole new world of nuance opens up. Subtext is the meaning behind the words. The themes and messages that lay beneath what is being said. Actors study subtext to convey the emotion behind the words they...

April 20, 2017

Point of view is probably one of the trickiest and most vital choices a writer makes for any story. It determines how the reader will view the story. No viewpoint is inherently better than another. There are pros and cons to each of them. Some writers tend to stick wit...

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