So you have your first draft! Yay! Where to go from here? Well, first, get yourself a support group of fellow writers: a variety of ages and experiences are always a plus. It takes a village to raise a writer and their book-baby! TIP: Change your font and font size before editing and leave your… Continue reading Anatomy of a Draft
Personality TestSome tips for writing believable, relatable protagonists: Have you done a personality test for your protag? I had some issues with my main character in The Crows because I thought she was flat and not as likeable as I wanted her to be. I took an MBTI test for her and she came out… Continue reading Writing the Right Protagonist!
Introducing my WiPMy work in progress [WiP] is a paranormal novel full of mystery, suspense and romance, set in a coastal town in the south of England. It's essentially a gender-flipped Sleeping Beauty meets Beauty and the Beast/Stephen King's Rose Red, with a weird romance element. While I've classified it as 'paranormal', I think it… Continue reading The Crows
Hair-Raising TwistsAh, another classic tale that's had a lot of interesting adaptations over the years... Hopefully my musings are also helpful for sparking inspiration, and it's a lot of fun coming up with prompts based on the various elements of the tales. Some of my favourite versions of this story include The Stone Cage by Nicholas… Continue reading Rapunzel Stories
Modern Perspectives on a Tale As Old As TimeThere's been a lot of discussion around the live action Beauty and the Beast [BB] film re: Stockholm Syndrome and whether Belle is a role model figure or not. I'm not going to go into that here - I think there's lots of ways retellings can go… Continue reading Beauty and the Beast Stories