You write a novel in several drafts, improving on its structure each time. Like sculpting from rough ideas. Each draft carves your novel’s shape and structure in greater detail. I … Continue reading How to write a novel: some tips to get started
In fiction writing, especially action-adventure stories, it’s vital to give our protagonist a moment to catch their breath. In the excerpt below from Sky Queen, Tabitha’s second novel, she’s been … Continue reading Sky Queen: a winter scene.
In the world in a country in a city in the park old Sergei Volinov was drinking juice. Not just any juice in fact but Doctor Waltzfelder Armorgrade’s Patented Day-Glo … Continue reading Short story: Mr Volinov
Writing stories requires us to build worlds. It’s a conjuring spell; a kind of alchemy. For the spell to work, we have to make this other world feel real. Play … Continue reading Clutter: the power of tiny things in worldbuilding and fiction writing
The most important thing I ever learned about writing came from a Tokyo sushi master. In the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, we follow the singular passion of Jiro Ono, … Continue reading The most important thing I ever learned about writing
The words “but what if?” are among your best tools as a writer. They’re the magic chalk that draws strange new doors on your story’s walls and ceilings. An instant … Continue reading “But what if?…”
Ah, humans. We can complicate simple things to the point of insanity. Being crazy talking monkeys with obscenely large brains, maybe that’s kind of our thing. But maybe writer’s block … Continue reading Debunking writer’s block