Negotiation As a New Freelance Writer

This is an edited and updated version of a post that first appeared in March 2013. When you’re starting out as a freelancer, it’s hard to know what you can reasonably charge, especially if you are entering a whole new area of work. This is even more true of Upwork and other freelance content writingContinue reading “Negotiation As a New Freelance Writer”

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.

Using all of your senses #2 – Sound

Sound is an odd thing to convey in fiction. After all, writing is about words and images and to effectively portray noises, we can really only use wordsThere is a tiny village in West Somerset, just before you reach Porlock (the gateway to Exmoor), called Bossington. This village has a long pebble beach that stretchesContinue reading “Using all of your senses #2 – Sound”

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 veryContinue reading “Using all of your senses #1 – Sight”

Interview Your Character(s) – A Guide to Development

I touched on this earlier this year but want to go into a few more details. For long term projects such as novels, I have always found it a good idea to set up a mock interview to develop my characters. It always helps to flesh them out beyond words on a page and sometimesContinue reading “Interview Your Character(s) – A Guide to Development”

Writing the seasons: Autumn

AutumnĀ is the slow decline of the year toward the winter, a slow lingering death from the height of summer into the cold and dark. Yet autumn is far from miserable. I love the unexpected warm days. I love the colours of the season and the wind and rain feels quite energetic and powerful. It hasContinue reading “Writing the seasons: Autumn”

Writing the seasons: Summer

Summer is the pinnacle of the life of the seasons. I love the warmth that (should) be everywhere. In southern England the sun rises something like 4am and by 5am it is usually already warm. If you are ever awake at this time, I can recommend going for a walk and listening to the silence.Continue reading “Writing the seasons: Summer”