• How to establish a writing routine

    While some writers can finish a book in a fast sprint, for most of us it’s more of a marathon. A writing project can take months or even years to complete, requiring commitment, freedom from distraction, and, hopefully, a writing routine. It also helps if you can build up confidence and self-belief, not to mention […]

  • Don’t Make This Mistake With Your Novel

    When writing about familiar and unfamiliar locations in the same novel, ensure they are balanced and equally well-drawn. This means location research. In my last post, I talked about how easy it is to research distant locations online with the help of the internet. This leads me to a problem I’ve sometimes seen when writers […]

  • Researching Your Novel’s Locations Online

    Research distant locations using online tools like Google Earth, Street View, Estate Agents, travel and genealogical sites. The chances are you already use some of these resources for location research, but if you don’t, you’re missing out. So, let’s imagine you live in the US, but you’re writing a novel set in Scotland, or partly […]

  • Why writers benefit from a 365 photo project

    How 365 photo projects aid writers. A daily photo can develop your writer’s eye, helping you see and describe things in new and different ways. Believe it or not, a daily photo project can help develop a writer’s eye for detail. Many years ago, I embarked on my first 365 photography project. At the time, […]