All About Writing

Hello, Dear Readers! This page used to be the (somewhat crappy) All About Writing Archive of this blog, in which I tried to keep track of the dozens of in-depth writing blogs and individual advice essays I'd writen over the years. And didn't do a very good job. But it's not anymore - because I've moved everything here to Patreon! On Patreon you can get access to all of these essays in updated form, ask me questions and also vote on new topics for me to write about, while at the same time supporting me to continue writing books.



Most of the links below no longer work, but they do show a sort of (incomplete) 'contents page' for the articles I've written. Some of them DO work, and if you find one and like it, then you can head over to the Patreon page and subscribe to get more. Happy reading!

The Basics:
WRITING ROADBLOCKS

NEVERENDING STORIES  
FIVE TOP TIPS FOR GETTING PUBLISHED
WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW?
"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all."
WHY NANOWRIMO IS LIKE A MANDOLIN 

TEN ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR PUBLICATION

Advice about Plotting:

HOW I PLOT 

PLOTTING: AN EVOLUTION 

TURNING IDEAS INTO PLOTS - Part One, Part Two and Part Three 

PLOTTING A TRILOGY

LESSONS FROM A CLUB SANDWICH 


Advice on Characterisation:

BUILD YOUR VERY OWN CHARACTER 

DIVERSITY IN FANTASY

DIVERSITY IN FANTASY #2 (The I'm A Good Person Bubble)

WHO GETS A HAPPILY EVER AFTER? 

WHAT SHOWING/TELLING REALLY MEAN 

CHARACTERISATION: Harder than it Looks


Advice on Prose: 

CLICHE KILLER

CLICHE KILLER PART TWO: The Revengening  

EVERYTHING IN THE BOX

BEST AND WORST FIRST LINES

HOW DO YOU PICK YOUR TITLES? 

ULTIMATE FORM AND WHY IT DOESN'T WORK

 

Essays about Romance:

I DO NOT THINK IT MEANS WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS  

INSTALOVE AND THE NIGHT ITSELF 

 

Essays on Revision:

EDITING: HOW I DO IT 

HOW EDITING WORKS: Part One & Part Two

 

Essays on Worldbuilding:

THE ART OF ENCHANTMENT

A QUESTION OF HISTORY

 

Bits and Pieces:

WRITER BUSINESS

TO CRY OR NOT TO CRY?

LITTLE VOICES IN MY HEAD  

TAKE A DEEP BREATH

WRITER'S KRYPTONITE

THE LOVE THAT KILLS
DASTARDLY TROPES & WHAT TO DO WITH THEM

Reader Questions:
A QUESTION OF LETTING GO
A QUESTION OF ROLLERCOSTERS
A QUESTION OF INSPIRATION
A QUESTION OF DISABILITY

That Whole Mary-Sue Debate:
YOU CAN STUFF YOUR MARY-SUE WHERE THE SUN DON'T... 
WHAT WOULD MARY-SUE DO?
REAL GIRLS, FAKE GIRLS, EVERYBODY HATES GIRLS
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