There’s a little voice in every writer’s head that pops up like a proverbial gopher, saying, ‘this is terrible, no one will want to read this.’ He usually appears when you’re mid-way through writing a huge novel, when the sentences are all starting to sound the same, when there are too many adjectives and adverbs, not enough descriptions and everything is just so… generic.[Read more…] about Turn towards discomfort. It might make you a better writer.
What do sexy lamps, refrigerators and underwear have in common?
They’re all tests for authentic female characters.[Read more…] about 11 common mistakes writing female characters
It’s Women in Horror Month! And while every month is Women in Horror Month for me, I thought it would be a good opportunity to highlight the amazing female horror writers in Australia.[Read more…] about 40+ free horror stories by Australian women
The sea has long been a place for the best horror stories; what could be more terrifying than the depths of the ocean? The void, the emptiness, the possibility of drowning, not to mention all those inexplicable creatures that lurk within its depths. Edgar Allan Poe wrote an unfinished story called The Light-House, and who could forget all those classic Peter Benchley novels, The Deep and Jaws?
The Lighthouse, the new film by Robert Eggers, plumbs these depths with some distinct Lovecraftian vibes.[Read more…] about The Lighthouse review: Two men and a tentacle (to say nothing of the seagulls)
So you want to write your first novel, eh?[Read more…] about How to face the fear and write your first novel
How do you keep track of your creative writing ideas? I’m sure you’ve seen those beautiful bullet journals on Instagram with perfectly scripted writing and matching illustrations. 😍
There’s an expectation when we write creatively that our note-taking process has to be perfect as well. I don’t know about you, but that pesky perfectionism destroys my creativity and sucks my time.[Read more…] about Why every writer needs a dump book