I am of a generation that had to be taught to use computers. Don't get me wrong, they're immensely useful but for most of history, books were painstakingly written by hand. Is one method better than the other though?
There are few writers who I have known from the beginning but Roald Dahl's voice has been there, shaping and influencing me and making me laugh for as long as I can remember. I would not be the writer I am today were it not for his incredible tales.
We all have a hundred and one ideas clamouring for attention and only so much time. Then we come across these authors that have eighteen novels in progress and it makes us wonder, am I just lazy? Should I be working on more than one project at once?
We all struggle sometimes and could really do with some friendly advice to get us back on our feet. Here are ten helpful websites to help writers do just that.
What kind of person are you? Are you the kind that has all their documents filed in order, in-trays and out-trays on your immaculate desk, and a pinterest-worthy, minimalistic workspace ready to go at a moment’s notice? Or are you someone with paperwork scattered everywhere and a hundred mismatched pens, the sort who never tidies up because if they did, they’d never be able to find anything?
Nine companions set out on an epic journey by horse, by foot, and by boat. They are determined to reach their final destination despite the trials that stand before them. Some will never see their home again. No, it's not Lord of the Rings but it's just as good.
So many people talk about your 'writing voice' but what is it? How do you develop it? And, let's be honest, does it actually matter all that much?
So many new writers end up throwing the towel in. They were under the impression that anyone with paper and a pen can be a writer but it turns out that writing is just so *hard* sometimes. Well, yes. It's true. But as with everything, a little discipline can go a long way.
It turns out plotting is not just for evil geniuses, it’s for writers too (though whether they are the same thing I leave to your discernment). Plots are many things: pieces of land, dastardly plans, or that really important thing in your novel that you need to work out. It will be no surprise that it's the latter we'll be looking at (for now).
What is a theme? How do you choose one? And is it the same as the message of a book? All excellent questions. . .