Character name conundrums

Character name conundrums

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet…“ Yes, Mr Shakespeare, but would we be quite so enamoured by Romeo if he was called Rubbish-Dump? I have a love-hate relationship with naming my characters. I run through a list of names I like, or I...
What goes around…

What goes around…

“There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations...
A writer’s retreat

A writer’s retreat

While I could mean a retreat from writing here (and sometimes that sounds like a good idea), I’m actually talking about a place to go to write, or paint, or read, or just be you for a while. Where is this absolute gem, you ask? I’ll tell you (because...
What’s on “Show”?

What’s on “Show”?

As writers, there’s a little suggestion that’s almost a rule: Show don’t tell. When it’s so much quicker to tell, this can be quite hard, so I thought I’d illustrate an example of what someone can learn without being told a thing. On my...
Short vs long

Short vs long

I’m one of these people who can set out to write something short, but still end up with something way over the word limit for that “short” descriptor. I admit that I never had that problem with essays set as homework. Then, I tended to have trouble...