Jun 21 — 13 mins read
I am a software developer by trade, and one of the more frustrating aspects of stories, whether on TV, the cinema, or in books, is the portrayal of technology and programming. In this long post, I will make my best attempt to help writers to rectify this.
Sep 21 — 6 mins read
Recently I finished a book called You Can't Make This Stuff Up by Lee Gutkind. This book is only known to a relatively small subset of people within the writing community, but to those people it is a cherished tome, for good reason.
Aug 19 — 6 mins read
Jan 25 — 3 mins read
A common debating point in the writing community is whether to plan your writing, or to deliberately not plan your writing. Both approaches appear to have worked for different authors, and so the debate is never likely to end soon. But in this post, I'll argue that planning your writing has many great effects, all of which will make your job as a writer easier in the long run, producing work that is more sensible, resonant, and enjoyable for the reader - all priceless benefits.
Jan 23 — 3 mins read
The choice of whether to hire an editor for your book project can be a daunting one. For many of us, this might be the first time we ever hire another person to do work for us, period. So I hope that this post demystifies the process a bit.
Jan 19 — 2 mins read
My best advice to authors feeling Impostor Syndrome is three-fold. First, talk to other authors - you'll be shocked at how many share your anxieties. Second, compare your achievements only to past versions of yourself, not to others. Thirdly, remember that you have written - or are writing - a book. Do you realise how many people dream of doing that, and never fulfil that dream? You are an amazing, one-in-a-million person for that. And I really mean it.
Jan 18 — 3 mins read
The choice of writing fiction or nonfiction crosses the mind of everyone who picks up a pen. Should we write an enticing tale that pulls the reader onto an exciting journey, or share our greatest lessons in a more literal fashion?
Jan 18 — 5 mins read
Keeping a reader’s attention means leading them down a path that looks interesting and unknown in some way. You have to entice them down this path by first getting their attention (the “hook” in any novel), making a lot of promises early on, and then delivering on those promises quickly. This sets a pattern of repeated promise-delivery that the reader gets used to.