Saturday, 16 February 2013

Adverb Abuse: Dialogue Tags and Editing Tips

She whispered softly, he replied quickly, she said wryly... bad, bad and bad! But why you ask? The short answer is its telling, and in a vague and rather irritating way. Most adverbs in fiction are overused in dialogue tags, and some are misused in other places too. So the lesson for today is all about correctly using an adverb in fiction.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Grammar, Words and Writing

No writer is perfect, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't aim to be. Some problems that a lot of authors have are with the words themselves. Anything from grammar to word usage can be a nightmare when writing a novel, especially if it's your first one.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

What to Do With a Bad Review

Bad reviews on your book can be heart-wrenching for authors, especially when your reviewer didn't 'get' the story.

But here's the rub, often (in fact 90% of the time) the reviewer is doing you a favour.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Common Mistakes in Character Descriptions

There are many different ways to describe your characters, and how you do it will define how real and how interesting your characters are. So here are some things to do and not do when describing your characters.

Bad ways to begin a novel

The most important sentence of your novel is the first one. The most important paragraph is the first one. The most important page… well, you get the idea. Without a great opening, no-one will read your book.