A Day Out In Cannes (for a writer and stationery addict)

So, as some of you may be aware, I am currently enjoying my holiday in the South of France. Today I took a trip to Cannes, a famed location for les artistes. Among the luxury of designer shops, seafront hotels, and lines of yachts, was a certain ambience. For some reason, whenever I visit the … Continue reading A Day Out In Cannes (for a writer and stationery addict)

What’s Your Monster?

I recently finished reading The Belles and came across an interesting concept - that our novels can come from somewhere deeper. They can come from our personal 'monsters'. Clayton tells us that The Belles was conceived from her adolescent struggles to understand something I doubt we will ever have the answer to; what is beautiful? … Continue reading What’s Your Monster?

5 Tips to Create a Strong Antagonist

Today's post is part of a two-post collaboration with the wonderful Benet Stoen. She approached me a couple of weeks ago to combine our minds on the age old protagonist/antagonist challenge. Plenty of people offer advice on how an antagonist should be credible, or how a protagonist shouldn't be perfect. So if you'd like to … Continue reading 5 Tips to Create a Strong Antagonist

The five things your novel is missing that you never thought about

Never have I ever come across so many pieces of advice on writing fiction than when I joined all social media platforms under the title 'author'. Every single person you encounter can tell you what is wrong with your novel, how your clichΓ©s are too much, how your characters are too predictable, how you are … Continue reading The five things your novel is missing that you never thought about