6 ways to catch mistakes

Have you ever heard about that phenomenom where you can swap all the ltetrs in a wrod and still be able to read it properly, as long as the first and last letters are correct? How many versions of Benedict Cumberbatch have you seen and giggled at? (One of my favourites involved cucumbers.) How many…

How to keep your narrative promises

There are MAJOR SPOILERS for Season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer after the “read more” break. I wrote before about writers breaking the promises they make to their readers/viewers, but how can you keep them?

How writers break their narrative promises

There are MAJOR SPOILERS for an episode of Daredevil and Falling Skies after the “read more” break. Many writers make the mistake of setting up a joke and then forgetting the punchline. They either spin threads of foreshadowing throughout their plot and then fail to tie up those threads at the end, or they introduce…

5 ways to avoid distractions

A friend asked me if I had any tips on staying focused, because she’s really easily distracted. I understand that feeling very well, so I know that sometimes there’s not a lot you can do about it — but I also know there are several ways you can help yourself.

6 alternative writing spaces

I talked once about how important it is to have a dedicated place to write in, and listed some public places you could use as your writing space, but not all of us can write amid the bustle and hustle there so how do we create a writing space that works for us?

5 public places to write in

I talked once about how important it is to have a dedicated place to write in. But what happens if you don’t have an office and can’t afford a desk? One alternative is to find a public place that has everything you need to be able to write. If you hang out on the NANOWRIMO…

Why you need writing space

Writing is not a 9-5 job so it can be tough to actually sit down and get started. There’s no one standing over you to supervise all those hours you spend online for “research” or yell at you for ogling your Instagram feed when you should be writing. Being able to manage your own time and…