Looking Past Jealousy

Looking Past Jealousy

Are you like me? Do you find yourself overwhelmingly jealous of friends or family because they seemingly have everything under control? It’s a niggling feeling that digs under your skin, probes at your brain, that little thought that maybe there’s a reason you’re unhappy, unsettled. Maybe it was that slightly bad thing you did back [...]

Writing Masterclass: Slowing Down the Pace of a Narrative

Writing Masterclass: Slowing Down the Pace of a Narrative

Recently I was asked to read and review a novelette after offering some honest opinions on a group in social media. During my first read, I began to notice similarities between our creative writings: neither of us had slowed the pace of the action and because of that the smaller, more intricate details that make our readers love our characters were overlooked.

Writing Masterclass: Hero Archetypes

Writing Masterclass: Hero Archetypes

In some ways, the hero archetype is the most used character trait in fiction. Every big franchise has a hero of some description: Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, Lisbeth Salander to name a few. Whether it's the classic: "I'm something special" hero like Potter or the tragic hero who has suffered an ill fate like Hamlet, they are seemingly ever present in our books, our films and everything in between.