Writing Tip – Where to Set Your Story

Where To Set Your Story How important is the decision where to set your story? What do you need to consider when choosing your setting? How important will a location become to the overall adventure you plan to scribe? I guess all this is determined by the genre you write. Some genres eg. Regency, determine the setting and you have no choice. But if you write contemporary romance stories, then let your mind search the world for something new and … Continue reading

RWNZ Conference 2014 Through My Eyes

RWNZ (Romance Writers of New Zealand)Conference Last weekend I attended the annual RWNZ Conference. For one reason or another I had missed the last couple of years but had been looking forward to another weekend of total immersion in the writing craft. I was not disappointed. The worst thing about a conference where numerous workshops are held simultaneously is that you must miss some workshops that you would have liked to attend. This was the case last weekend, so I … Continue reading

Days Slipping By

Days Slipping By That almost sounds like something one could use as a title for a story, doesnt it? Days slipping by. Do you ever have periods when you just can’t settle down and do the things you know have to be done? You feel the days slipping by into weeks but you still cannot pull yourself up to complete necessary tasks? I guess one could call this a major attack of procrastination, and its one I’ve been suffering from. … Continue reading

Writing Tips For Budding Writers

Writing Tips for Budding Writers – Research While these writing tips have assisted people I’ve coached, I do not offer any guarantees. I merely hope it might help stoke the fire burning within and get you started on a writing journey. Today I’m going to talk about Research. Research is a vital part of story writing. Even if you are writing a contemporary story some research will be required. In my next to be published romance story “Leath’s Legacy” I … Continue reading

Writing Tips for Budding Writers

Writing Tips for Budding Writers – Conflict While these writing tips have assisted people I’ve coached, I do not offer any guarantees. I merely hope it might help stoke the fire burning within and get you started on a writing journey. Your pre-writing days are nearly over. You’ve got your story idea (plot) and your characters but have you figured out what motivates those characters? There must be conflict! This is vital! While it must be strong enough to last … Continue reading

Writing Tips For Budding Writers

Writing Tips for Budding Writers – Plotting While these writing tips have assisted people I’ve coached, I do not offer any guarantees. I merely hope it might help stoke the fire burning within and get you started on a writing journey. This week we’re going to begin shaping the story into some semblance of order. Yes, we’re still in the pre-writing stage but we’re learning valuable lessons. I follow a very similar routine to that which I’m sharing with you … Continue reading

Writing Tips for Budding Writers

Writing Tips for Budding Writers – Characters While these writing tips have assisted people I’ve coached, I do not offer any guarantees. I merely hope it might help stoke the fire burning within and get you started on a writing journey. Lets continue with what I’ll call pre-story writing today. Don’t be disillusioned. You are writing. You are exercising that part of your brain which develops and releases imagination. You are learning some very valuable skills you will use again … Continue reading

Writing Tips for Budding Writers

Writing Tips for Budding Writers – Ideas Please keep in mind, while this writing advice for budding writers has been successful for the people I have coached, I do not offer any guarantees. I merely hope it might help stoke the fire burning within and get you started on a writing journey. It is now time to think about writing. I hope you haven’t taken a deep breath and switched off the computer in fright? There’s no reason to take … Continue reading

Writing Tips For Budding Writers

Writing Tips for Budding Writers – Practicalities Please keep in mind, while these writing tips for budding writers has been successful for the people I have coached, I do not offer any guarantees. I merely hope it might help stoke the fire burning within and get you started on a writing journey. One last thing I think you should consider prior to actually beginning to write is the practicality of being a serious writer. This might seem obvious, but if … Continue reading

Writing Tips For Budding Writers

Writing Tips for Budding Writers Please keep in mind, while this writing advice for budding writers has been successful for the people I have coached, I do not offer any guarantees. I merely hope it might help stoke the fire burning within and get you started on a writing journey. I’m assuming part of your dream of being a writer is publication. Whether you’re thinking of main stream or self publishing it wouldn’t hurt to do a little research before … Continue reading