The importance of being YOU

It was in the form of a question: ‘Is this as good as it gets?’ I had a great job, a house – albeit with a small mortgage, sure I was divorced but I had the privilege of having my daughter live with me [plenty of challenges there!], but I was not personally content. I was going through the motions … Read More

How to Write Your First Mystery Story

The best way to test the mystery story writing rules listed is to read widely in the mystery genre. See how others use them – or how and when they get away with breaking them. Because readers are playing a kind of game when they read a detective novel, planning your plot has to come first, above everything else. Make … Read More

14 Different Ways to Write a Travel Article

One experienced travel writer found 14 different ways to write a travel article. Try them! This type of article is usually written in the first-person. However, editors tend to reject personal experience pieces from novice writers because they have a tendency to be boring. Readers are only interested in what happened to you if it might affect them. Write your … Read More

Technical Writing Offers Many Opportunities

Most writers of any genre would give their right arm to achieve the fame and fortune of bestselling authors such as John Grisham or Dick Francis or Patricia Cornwell. But without specialised prior experience (eg: legal, horse racing, medical forensics) your manuscript probably won’t make it off the slush pile. Editors love experts, and the readers of their magazines are … Read More