Using all of your senses 3 – Smell and Taste

Smells and the description of odours can be used to good effect in fiction writing and similarly to sound, can invoke a wide range of emotions. The smell of fresh bread baking can invoke childhood memories of a much-loved grandparent, or it can emphasise that the character is in a supermarket. As writers we arguably […]

Using all of your senses #1 – Sight

Our vision is often something we take for granted as writers and in some ways, it’s underused as we go for the perfunctory. It is easy to fall into a trap of mundane description: “the grass was long and green. In the background, the grey mountains were snow capped”. Simple and effective but not very […]

Snippet Sunday 30/11/14: The Cold Man Part 8

We’re winding down to the end now so if you need to catch up… Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 , Part 7 Not just at the house, but in the front garden waiting at the gate for us.I couldn’t read his expression and I didn’t much like his appearance for the second time […]

Snippet Sunday 23/11/14: The Cold Man Part 7

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 I’m not entirely sure what happened next. One moment, dad was stepping into 40mph traffic, and the next The Cold Man raced across the road, through the oncoming traffic and pushed dad back onto the pavement. All this happened in the blink of an eye.The driver shook his […]

Period Pieces: To “Road Trip” or Not to “Road Trip”?

Part of the Via Appia – the road leading north out of Rome. By Radosław Botev – Own work, Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1411909 I have hit the first proverbial brick wall in my Romans Vs Aliens novel and though it is not about the content, it is about how I get my gladiators from Rome to Germany. […]

The Day George V Came to Town

Damn, are we really already in May?! It’s my favourite month consequently, when the weather really has shed the winter bite that still lingers some days in April. We haven’t yet reached the dizzying heights of June and July temperatures and the spring feel remains. We Brits love the spring – we love it so much we […]

Is Passive Voice something you use Too Much?

Passive voice is something that needs to be discussed. In general terms for the reader, it is something that is not liked. As a writer, we find too often that we are doing this and sometimes it is something that is not seen. Yet, when we read it through we discover that it doesn’t really […]

So You’ve Decided to Write a Sequel

Last week, Roz Morris posted this article on when you should or shouldn’t write a sequel. I agree that we have become far too sequel minded as Hollywood churns out guaranteed moneyspinners and fails to take risks on new projects in these financially difficult times. I have created only two sequels to my work. The […]

Writing the Seasons: It’s Christmaaaaas!

Welcome to the year’s first Christmas special! Perhaps not as hotly anticipated as this year’s slice of Doctor Who but I’m sure you’ve all been dying to know what I think of how we portray the season in our writing. I’m sure some of you are about to start or are currently writing festive-themed short […]