Chapters are strange creatures, used to divide up books into more manageable chunks. They mostly exist for those who have enough self-control not to read a whole novel in a sitting but they also serve to keep the reader in the story, prevent information overload, and help the author to adjust the pacing of the story and create suspense. But how long should they be?
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?
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?
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. . .
It's the age-old mantra, a classic piece of writing advice that has fiction writers tearing their hair out in despair. But it there something to be said for this advice?