Stop Underappreciating Writers!

Books That book that you will read in a week or a month took years to get to a place that was ready for an agent. Then spent years (at times) with an agent before it got to the publishers. Then years with the publishers before it got to the shelf that got it in…

Rethinking the Strong Female Character

It is great that nowadays we are seeing more female heroes in books, film, and TV. However, I don’t think (and many agree) that the strong female character is actually doing what it’s supposed to do. Let me explain. A strong female character is supposed to show young girls, and even women, that they can…

How to Bring Diversity into your Story

I wanted to discuss this as someone who supports diversity, someone who feels underrepresented in books and films and TV, and someone who is an author who writes with diversity in mind. Everything I say is my own opinion and advice, said with good intentions… Be realistic The first thing to remember when writing diversity…

Thank You, Writing Community

On this, the last day of NaNoWriMo, I want to say a huge thank you to my fellow writers. This year, I finally found people who are (and have been) going through the same journey as myself. Writing is a lonely profession. It’s personal, it’s hard, it’s solitary. This means that writers can become very…

Why Newt Scamander is the Best (Popular) Hero Out Now

I hope anyone who reads my blog and is a fantasy writer has already watched Fantastic Beasts and has seen the new one this month! I had mixed feelings about the new film, but in general, Newt and the beasts were…fantastic! (See what I did there?) But why do I think that Newt Scamander is…

Fleshing Out Your Characters: Cheat Sheet

List of character traits: Funny guy Hopeless romantic Neurotic Clumsy Tired Genius Know-it-all Angry Jealous Sad Loner Hero Brave Sleepy Fool Orangiser Sporty Adventurer Reader Curious Helper Arrogant Leader List of character occupations: Baker Doctor Scientist Detective Policeman Firefighter Vet War hero Interior Designer Architect Criminal Entrepreneur Librarian Writer Journalist Game designer Athlete Fisherman Farmer…

Writer’s Life

We all know the hashtag but what does it really mean? Long days? Late nights? Overactive brains? Distraction constantly? Tiredness and fatigue? Turning everyone into characters? Everything into plot? Well, being a writer means you’re nearly always busy doing one thing or another. Drafting, plotting, editing, revising, restructuring, line editing, researching, pitching, querying, developing, reading,…

Your NaNoWriMo Toolkit

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month and it is this massive worldwide writing event where writers from every corner of the globe all vow to write 50,000 words in the month of November! It is crazy, it is hard, and it is awesome! The camaraderie and support and community with this event is so beautiful…

Black Authors to Read (Black History Month Inspired)

Here is a list of some truly inspiring, notable black authors and some of their works: Oprah {I’ve read some} Maya Angelou {I’ve read some} Martin Luther King & Coretta Scott King Malcolm X Alex Haley – Roots: The Saga of an American Family Tomi Adeyemi – The Children of Blood and Bone {I’ve read} Nic…

Awesome Black Characters (Black History Month Inspired)

(I’ve purposely missed out characters from historical films about slavery or the segregation of black people, for I have another post coming purely for that) Also, this is a list of characters that I know, not the only ones that are out there! Please add your favourite awesome black characters in the comments… Shuri (Black Panther)…