How to Handle Criticism

As a budding writer or author, you will suffer through a great deal of criticism. Everyone's a critic, and everyone criticises art. That means you and your work will be a big target. They'll say your writing is dull. Your writing is too descriptive. Your characters don't work. Your plot doesn't make sense. Your plot … Continue reading How to Handle Criticism

Reasons Why I Am Your Unconventional Author…

I am young (I wrote my first book by 14, published it at 18 and kept going...) I am mixed race (not a lot of people who look like me are seen as the "author type" sadly). I'm from a working-class family and poor area. I'm not highly educated. I'm not well-read or well-spoken. I'm … Continue reading Reasons Why I Am Your Unconventional Author…

Why Writers Get Depressed

Don't worry, this post won't be as "depressing" as it sounds. I just wanted to reach out to my fellow writers and say you're not alone if you've ever felt depressed. Because we all get like that at times and here's why writers suffer so much. Our work is under appreciated and under valued. We … Continue reading Why Writers Get Depressed

Why “Red Queen” Wasn’t All That 

Under-developed characters: I felt that Mare Barrow (the main character) was very meh for me. She seemed bland and just an accessory for the story instead of a strong, developed, real character. I didn't care about her or her story. I didn't like her. And I just couldn't get into her person. In fact, I … Continue reading Why “Red Queen” Wasn’t All That 

Writing Advice NOT to Take

"Never start a story with the weather" - you can do whatever you like, as long as it's not boring! "Write what you know" - yes, you should explore what you know first, definitely. But if you want to write something else, do it! Technically, I started writing a love story before I knew what … Continue reading Writing Advice NOT to Take

What Makes a Character Bad 

They make decisions that don't really make sense.  They're bad to be bad. They have no history. They don't want anything. There's nothing driving them forwards except you, the writer.  They're a meh character. Nothing about them is interesting. No one cares about them. They aren't realistic. Maybe they're perfect or never make mistakes or … Continue reading What Makes a Character Bad 

How to Create a Character Profile

Anyone who is serious about writing a story, especially one with a lot of characters, should know what a character profile is - and use them. Take my fantasy series, for example, there are over 160 main-ish characters throughout the 4 books. Yes, that many! In order to keep up, and know each of them … Continue reading How to Create a Character Profile