Beginnings are tough for me, and for many writers, and I firmly believe that you're either a beginning or end kind of writer; people always excel at one above the other. So for all you other "Can't-get-it-started" writers out there I've got three pieces of advice. Three mistakes that I've made over, and over, and … Continue reading 3 Mistakes That Kill Your Novel At Outset
by Celia Daniels If you think writing a sex scene for the first time is an awkward experience, imagine teaching a room full of young college students how to write one. How do you overcome the giggles? How do you begin to explain what writing a sex scene is all about? I started with a … Continue reading Sensuality versus Sexuality: Writing Convincing and (Potentially) Compelling Sex Scenes
Researching is a skill that surprisingly few people have. If you do have it you should definitely put it on your C.V.; good research is often the thing you do not see, but the want of it is blindingly obvious. This is especially the case when you write historic fiction, or you're writing about cultures … Continue reading Historical Research For Writers
Thirteen Reasons Why has gained a lot of interest, seen much scrutiny, and been pulled apart by some of the very best. I don't claim to fit that category, and so I'll slip carefully past that issue and focus on what I want to say. I've talked more broadly about the series and book in … Continue reading Hannah Baker; A Masterclass in Unreliable Narration
You can't discuss 13 Reasons Why, the book, or the hit show, without nodding to the discourse that surrounds it - this much is a given. Everyone from the guardian to tumblr users have said something about it, and it generally goes something like this; It's a revenge fantasy It legitimatises suicide It lays the blame at … Continue reading Thirteen Reasons Why; unreliable narration, constant progression, and mental illness in fiction.