Writing Non Fiction

Non-fiction is not fiction. Duh. It's generally material which is objective, factual, and useful. I'm not including narrative nonfiction here but the principles could equally apply. If you plan to write non-fiction, (and you should because everyone knows something about something, right?) then it pays to think more broadly about the type of publishing format… Continue reading Writing Non Fiction


IWD 2023: Equity

Happy International Women's Day 2023 #EmbraceEquity. In the world of creative writing, women seem to outnumber men in local writing groups and literary festival participation. One could be forgiven for thinking it's a woman's world in that space these days. Yet men continue to dominate the field of awards and prizes. (https://lithub.com/on-sexism-in-literary-prize-culture/) Additionally, research demonstrates… Continue reading IWD 2023: Equity

The 3 Laws of Magic Writing: Brandon Sanderson

Sitting in on a workshop by Claire Buss on creating a world of magic, she referenced Brandon Sanderson's Laws of Magic. There is some debate about the relevance of some of these laws but they are a highly useful beginning for writers new to the world of writing and creating magical worlds. Magical worlds are… Continue reading The 3 Laws of Magic Writing: Brandon Sanderson

Advice From A Successful Author – Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was a World War II fighter pilot and an accidental author who sold 250 million copies of children’s books. That's two hundred and fifty million. Imagine that. And in 2023, the publishers to whom Dahl's family sold the rights, have decided to sanitise the language used by Dahl. Cancel culture is alive and… Continue reading Advice From A Successful Author – Roald Dahl

The Keys to Writing Short Story

Writing short stories sound so easy … it’s only a few thousand words on a page, not double-digit thousands, right? A lot of people diminish the effort required to produce a highly readable short story. Fortunately, though, there is something of a resurgence in the popularity of the form these days. When writing a novel… Continue reading The Keys to Writing Short Story

How Many Words in a Novel, Short Story or Book?

Is a novel 50,000 or 120,000? Is a short story 1000 words or 10,000? Well ... it depends. I know. You wanted something concrete, didn't you. Sorry. But we're largely talking about creative writing here and that is inexact: it's art, after all. Let's play with some ballpark figures to satisfy your curiosity and test… Continue reading How Many Words in a Novel, Short Story or Book?

The Rocks Scaffolding of 3 Acts

protagonist -up tree - rocks

When it comes to writing a play or a novel, the three-act form of Opening Act, Middle Act and Closing Act is a fundamental structure. Deceptively simple, it has stood the test of time and still works today. Short stories or novels can benefit from this approach. To actually explain how to go about creating… Continue reading The Rocks Scaffolding of 3 Acts