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Throwback Thursday: 5 Ways to Write a Terrible Novel

If you are a writer, you’ll know how insistent that little Inner-Writer’s voice can be, constantly banging on about the different ideas he’s come up with that you absolutely have to write. You might find it simply impossible not to write.

But fear not, ye who are enslaved by the urge to write. Your salvation is at hand. If you dread becoming a full time author, but cannot resist the urge to write, there is another solution: write badly.

It’s easy to do. Just follow these simple steps.

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Throwback Thursday: Ready Player One (Book Review)

‘Enchanting. Willy Wonka meets The Matrix’ (USA Today). That’s what the little quotation says on the front cover of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

High praise indeed. High enough to make me buy it and read it. But I know what you’re thinking: ‘did it deliver?’

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Throwback Thursday: Little Thieves Are Hanged

What follows here is entirely my own work and has not been published anywhere else in the world, whether on print or online, nor do I expect it to be. And so, without further ado, I give you, LITTLE THIEVES ARE HANGED by. A Ferguson

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Throwback Thursday: Figuring Out Foil Characters

A foil is a character (or sometimes an object or idea) who highlights the traits of another character (usually the protagonist) by contrasting with them. But apart from that, these characters can play just about any role in your story you like.

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Throwback Thursday: 50 Character Motives For Your Story

I’ve listed a few possible character motives in the image below and I would encourage you to play around with different ways of interpreting and applying them.

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5 Writing Rules I Like To Ignore

Sometimes, however, you just need to rebel and write according to your own darn rules. So what follows are my top five common story-writing rules and wise sayings which I frequently bend, break and flat-out disagree with.

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Throwback Thursday: The Secret of Sig. Pieroni’s Pizza

It occurred to me that a takeaway restaurant could make a lot of money if only the owner had exclusive and discreet access to a time machine, thus allowing him to deliver food promptly no matter how busy a night he was having. However, I neglected to actually show you the story that came about as a result of that plot bunny.

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Throwback Thursday: 50 Quotes About Writing

Well, we’ve already had fifty quotes about fiction in general so today it’s time for another fifty quotes, this time providing advice, encouragement and general reflections on the process of writing.

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Throwback Thursday: Santa Origins

A sci-fi/horror with a festive twist.

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Throwback Thursday: A Colourful Approach to Brainstorming

This has proven a great help to me whenever I’ve been trying to come up with new story ideas (and you can use it during a power cut!).

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