10 screenwriting rules for novelists

On Saturday, I spent the day in a screenwriting workshop  with Cathy Overett, producer of Iron Sky and Separation City. I’ve been tinkering with an idea for a little while now, but I’m always interested […]

Getting the Fight Right

I flew down to Sydney on Saturday for Genrecon, a weekend-long celebration of all things writerly, no matter the genre. Of particular interest to me was Simon Higgins’ Writing Effective Fight Scenes class. As an action […]

The power of book cover design

Here’s an interesting one. Chip Kidd is a graphic designer with Alfred A Knopf publishing in New York. You’ll recognise his work from such novels as Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. This is his […]

How well do you know your characters?

It’s interesting to note how much valuable advice I collated from various people while I was writing my first novel, and which I find myself returning to now that I’m writing the next. One of […]