Exercises, University, Writing

A quick guide to the basics of writing erotica

"We are dealing with sex. We're going to be embarrassed and everything will have a double meaning. We're not even going to try and rise above it." -- Sara Bailey Sex is both blushing difficult to write and wonderfully simple. There is a larger market for erotica fiction than you might think, too, so it… Continue reading A quick guide to the basics of writing erotica

Exercises, Reading, Reviews, Writing

Writing Reviews [part 2]: Tips & Examples

A few weeks ago I explained how important it is to know the formula of writing a review – particularly when the review is to help other writers improve. This week I'm going to be a little more detailed and give a tip on how to style your review. Style is, of course, not quite… Continue reading Writing Reviews [part 2]: Tips & Examples

Exercises, Reviews, Writing

How to write critical reviews; a skill every writer should learn.

NOTE: There is a hyphen between every paragraph because wordpress keeps trying to delete the breaks. Sorry! I recently joined a site designed to help writers improve. It works on the basis that for every review you give, you get one in return. The more popular your work gets the higher up 'the list' it… Continue reading How to write critical reviews; a skill every writer should learn.

NaNoWriMo, Writing

NaNoWriMo Day 23: Quick Slap

I'm not sure how to explain it but I feel like Severus Snape (note Snape's placid swingng action) and Ron Weasley (note Ron's face) at the SAME TIME: I'm trying to tell myself that I haven't given up with NaNoWriMo, but I think I have taken on too much this year. I'm losing site of… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Day 23: Quick Slap

NaNoWriMo, The Blog

NaNoWriMo: the final stretch begins. Welcome Rambo and my ohso poetic banking similes.

Hiya, I’m not dead – yet. Give me four more days and come November 30th I’ll be doing a Frederick and trying to drown myself in the sink basin. People keep giving me books. This is lovely and I love all my geeky, literary friends for their passionate areas of writing, but I’m drowning in… Continue reading NaNoWriMo: the final stretch begins. Welcome Rambo and my ohso poetic banking similes.

NaNoWriMo, The Blog

Day 7 of NaNoWriMo and I’ve noticed my characters like to play ‘musical shirts’

Mercury and Frederick like to play this game, that is. For the second time this week, Mercury has had to swap his shirt with Frederick’s; but this time Freddy is the one with blood stains and not the other way around. I am not ashamed. I noticed in my previous extracts that I’ve been trying… Continue reading Day 7 of NaNoWriMo and I’ve noticed my characters like to play ‘musical shirts’

NaNoWriMo, The Blog

Day 5 of NaNoWriMo and the Oxford Dictionary put my name as the definition of ‘procrastination’

Not much happened yesterday. I got back from archery around 5:30pm and still tried to avoid my NaNo. But in the end, Day 4 did turn out to be productive. I always collect pictures for my stories whether for NaNo, Froxen Blue, Scars in the System, mini-scripts, screenplays – always. Professor Sarah, before I joined… Continue reading Day 5 of NaNoWriMo and the Oxford Dictionary put my name as the definition of ‘procrastination’