Category Archives: Writing Tips

Anagrams in Novels – Clever or Cringeworthy?

I’m really bad with picking up anagrams.

I recently realised that the name of a famous ebook reading device is an anagram of “book”. (That’s the Kobo, in case you’re worse at it than me.)

And it was only this year, 11 years after the last instalment of The Matrix Trilogy was released, when I realised that for three movies of NEO trying to work out if he is the ONE… you see? And that was only after someone pointed it out to me. Continue reading

Guest Post: Nikolas Baron – Research with a Shovel, Not a Spoon

Today I welcome guest blogger, Nikolas Baron to the Ramblings. Nikolas works for the marketing department of Grammarly, an online grammar checker. Nikolas loves the written word as much as the rest of us and has kindly contributed this piece on the appropriate tools and level of aggression required for research when writing. Take it away, Nikolas! Continue reading

My NaNoWriMo Strategy for This year

Last year I went in totally unprepared. I signed up with 2 days to spare, came up with an idea the day before it started and had a 5 year old laptop with a dead battery. Not exactly a ready state but it still let me finish the required 50K words.

The story itself, however wasn’t complete. It did reach a natural point where I could say Book 1 is done, next year can be Book 2. But that would only happen to reduce the stigma if being labelled a NaNo Rebel. Continue reading

Character Development: When Your Main Character Tells You How It’s Done

My main character from Rochelle’s Briefcase popped into my head the other day and boy did she give me serve!
It took me a little by surprise. I mean, it shouldn’t have. Who else’s head would she be in?
It was an interesting exercise in character development. Here’s what we had to say to each other: Continue reading