One of the most important parts of writing a novel is the research process.
It should go without saying that a well-researched story is going to flow better than one that is poorly researched.
When you write what you know it allows the reader to be immersed in the world and characters that you have created. Poorly researched writing can be full of errors which can suck the reader right out of the story. For example, if you’re writing a story set in a hospital with your main characters being doctors and patients and you refer to a thermometer as something used to brush a person’s hair then your readers are going to be pulled out of your story and into confusion faster than you can say ‘huh?’ Admittedly this example is a trifle exaggerated but only to make the point that good research is a necessity if you’re going to write good fiction.
While a lot of fiction takes place in our world there are a great many stories set in worlds that are distinctly not our own. This happens across genres and can cause authors a lot of problems when it comes to writing the setting.
The water moved like it had a mind.
With a cruel purpose, it sliced its way through the darkness. No matter how fast Bobtail ran the water was faster, it reached him in moments and swallowed the little cat with ease. Bobtail’s already aching chest burned with the need to breathe. The water squeezed him tight, forcing him to open his jaws, gasping for air but all there was, was water. Bobtail fought the tide knowing he could not win. Darkness swallowed him.
He woke from the nightmare gasping for breath, his fur standing on end and his claws digging into the soft seat of the car. The stink of car exhaust, sweat and rest stop food turned his already tense stomach. He looked around rapidly his whiskers twitching. The car bounced over a pothole, he leapt to his paws and stumbled into a half full box.
Bobtail watched as the cats around him lowered their heads and arched their backs. The scent of their anger hung heavy around them, but stronger even than their anger was the scent of their fear. They were terrified.
“I’m not a murderer,” Bobtail said as firmly as he could.
“I don’t like how you smell, stranger,” the big tom said, trailing his claws through the dirt.
“I don’t think it’s my smell that you should be worried about,” Bobtail said trying to focus on the tom speaking to him and ignore the others.
“You reek of Hell,” the big tom said.
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An epic tale of mystery, murder and monsters, told by Bobtail, who happens to be, among other things, a cat
Bobtail is moving house, again. But amongst the usual worries of finding his litter tray and hoping the local store has his food, Bobtail quickly discovers his new home is harbouring some dangerous secrets. Secrets that put his life in danger when they lead to Bobtail becoming the prime suspect for a recent stint of murders.
Only a day into his new home and Bobtail finds himself embroiled in a twisted plot that spans the centuries and will affect both man and cat alike.
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I hate first drafts.
First drafts make me sad.
I hate writing them, I physically have to force myself to sit and type. If I ever lose motivation during a story, it is always at this stage when I’m putting the first words on the page.
The planning stage is great, probably one of my favourite stages. Everything is so fresh and new, I can see everything so clearly, and I know it’s going to be great. I always feel so excited at this point, I can’t wait to get started until I actually try to get started.
Editing is long and laborious, but I love it when a story starts to shape up when it begins to come together. I get just as excited as I am in the planning stage. When the little scribbled story begins to look like a real book, it’s one of the best feelings.
The first draft is like I spit up on the page.
What I see in my head looks nothing like what comes out on my first draft. My first drafts are wooden, cliché, the dialogue is awful, and it is at this point I almost give up on every single project. It takes a lot of effort to get through that wall.
I’m currently working on the first draft for Courage in Silence, a story that I loved while planning and hate now I’m in the first draft.
I really hate first drafts.
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I’m back, I have returned from the far away land of Wiltshire, and I come with much news!
Comic Con, Interviews and two new short stories!
First of all Comic Con!
Comic Con was awesome! The variety of exhibitors and guests was absolutely astounding. The diversity of what is on offer considering the size of the con is unbelievable. The decision to stretch it over two days was a good one, it allowed an even pace, and gave the con the flexibility to provide so much and keep the relaxed and friendly environment. This was the second time I have had the chance to go to Melksham Comic Con, but my first time as an exhibitor and I have to say that I had more fun as an exhibitor (although cosplaying Harley Quinn last year did rock). I got a small taste of how much work must go into putting a con this great together.
Grey Wings Cover
In this blog, I want to tell you about the creatures you will find in Grey Wings, in particular, the different types of angels.
One of the species we encounter in Grey Wings is the Angels. Angels live in Heaven, Earth and Hell, although more live in Hell now than ever before. Since the Arch Angel Gabriel started banishing First and Second Class Angels for trifling errors in his panic to prevent a second rebellion.
The Fallen Angels who live in Hell have changed a great deal since their days in Heaven, their wings have turned black and some have developed other physical oddities, like Mephistopheles’ horns. But the most fundamental difference is what happens when they become enraged. A Fallen Angel will twist and change until they are as warped outside as they have become inside.
We all want to be the best writers we can be, and I’m sure a lot of you will have your tips and tricks that you employ to make your writing the best it can be. I certainly have my little habits and tricks that I use to make the most of my time, make editing that little bit easier, and reduce the pressure that I put myself under to turn out a project on time.
In this blog, I want to run through some of my current favourite tips and tricks that I’ve picked up along the way and share them with you.
In this blog, I will be sharing with you my five favourite characters from fiction and why I think they are awesome.
I’ve spent a lot of last weeks reading. Having a cold sucked a lot, (especially since it was only my second week in my new job and I was gross and grumpy) but one of the upsides was that I took as much time as possible to rest and thus had some time to catch up on my reading.
I’ve been re-reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and it got me thinking that Karou is one of the best character’s I’ve read in a long time. It made me think, what is it that makes a character into a favourite character? For me anyway I find it hard to pin down, so I have spent time thinking about what makes good and bad characters.