So I have reached the end of the road with Eleri's Kingdom! What was once just an idea, became a side project that developed a life of its own. Something I hoped to write, finish, and publish in a matter of months last Autumn became a task that I couldn't complete until the New Year. … Continue reading 5 Reasons A Serial Might Be Just What You Need
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
I was nominated for this amazing award by a fellow blogger who is fast becoming a good friend of mine. Emily and her blog have served as inspiration since I began my own blogging journey less than two months ago. She has been a cheerleader across Twitter and Instagram, her blog features book reviews, lifestyle … Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award
We are just one week away from the release of Eleri's Kingdom! I am really happy with how it has come along and am just finishing up those pesky last few chapters as part of Camp NaNoWriMo. So far you have read excerpts from the first three chapters, you know the chapter titles, and you … Continue reading Are you ready?
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 clichés 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
It's day 18. We have less than two weeks left of Camp NaNoWriMo. I thought I'd check in with you to see how you're all doing and share how I've been getting on. In all honesty, it's been tough. My word count is barely shifting and I've hit a bit of a block. This will … Continue reading Over halfway there!
My blog is a whole month old! A month of writing tips, notebook obsessions, book loving, and the introduction to my serial: Eleri's Kingdom. In the past 24 hours I have seen plenty more of you join the community and become acquainted with my little corner of the internet; welcome to all of you! So … Continue reading One month later…
In other words, why I spent hours mapping, researching, and designing Asile. This is the country where Laila was born and the kingdom Eleri will one day rule. So why is it that I spent so much time and energy creating it, if all of Book One is spent somewhere else? Despite it being Eleri's … Continue reading Why I prioritised things I knew wouldn’t make the final draft
Today's post was going to generally cover reading, what I like to read, what I'm currently reading, and what my favourites are. Then my mother came into my room last night and informed me that she was embarking on a task she had never done before: re-reading a book. Her TBR pile is bigger than … Continue reading To re-read or not to re-read
I'm serious. One of my favourite aspects of YA Fantasy novels is the map. Books such as Maria V Snyder's Study, Glass, and Healer series, Sarah J Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses series, and Rachel E Carter's Black Mage series, all feature beautiful maps. I also aspire to be able to draw my … Continue reading Your Writing Shouldn’t Be All Words