4 Easy Ways To Write A Smash Bestseller!

Well. 2 of them are easy, from the outside looking in… Method 1:   Accidentally encapsulate the cultural zeitgeist which began defining a generation yesterday at 2.43pm Who knew that young adults, for instance, wanted a world of complete fantasy where your undead boyfriend is constantly resisting the urge to kill you, before Twilight came along? Method 2:   Be controversial This…

Guest Post: The Emotional Heart of The Story

Today I have a guest post with great writing tips from  the multitalented Catherine Brophy. Catherine is an Irish writer,  story teller, broadcaster, teacher, lecturer and workshop facilitator. She has written four novels, numerous short stories and scripts for both film and TV.  She’s at http://www.catherinebrophy.ie when she’s at home. The Emotional Heart… it sounds like the title of a love story.…

Can Terrible Books Make Great Movies?

Yes, of course they can! We tend only to talk about the great books we know which were assassinated by bad films, but we forget that there is another side to the coin. Filmmakers are always looking for ideas, and screenwriting tutors will tell you that it’s a hell of a lot easier for an unknown writer to…

Mathematical Mondays: The Percentages of Plot

I’m sure someone wiser, prettier, and kinder to children than I am has already discussed this, but it struck me the other day whilst working on the NaNoWriMo novel (sometimes affectionately, sometimes disparagingly known as “No. 2”) that I didn’t know whether my plot was proportionately pleasing, so to speak. Is what’s happening, happening at the right time, or…

Writing Pyjamas

Word Count: Something or t’other. Deleted Words I Swore I Wouldn’t Edit: 10,000 I don’t often do personal posts, but writing 2,000 words a day during NaNoWriMo necessitates desperate measures, sometimes. Having no time to research anything informative which might actually be useful for any data fans out there, I’ve been forced to drag this…

On Assisted Publishing, Self-Publishing, And Insanely Optimistic Feelings

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 3 and a half, approx, give or take 1,000 So, even in the twilight hell that is NaNoWriMo, I’ve been exploring different publishing methods lately, mostly through the efforts of some very talented Dublin-based authors and their publishing experiences. And the results of these investigations are absolutely inspiring. I am a total pessimist (I have…