These competitions as far as we can tells are open to all everyone with no restrictions. All the contests end this March 2017. They’re listed in order of maximum word count with the smallest word counts first. Click on the title of the contest to go to the webpage. The Binnacle Ultra-Short Competition Prizes: A […]
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How many times can you honestly say that you’ve bought a fictional book without reading a single word that the author has written before? All you’ve read is the cover and the blurb and that’s been enough for you to buy the book? Honestly, think about it. It may have happened if you read a […]
Brainstorming is the act of getting ideas out of your mind and on to a piece of paper or a computer. Our minds are filled with memories. Literally filled. Think back to a time your friend reminded you of something. You may not have thought about it for years but suddenly many of the details […]
Everyone you meet or have ever met is a potential character for your story. So is every real person that you seen on TV or read about in books. Real people can provide boundless inspiration for a writer. If you ‘write what you know’ they provide the characters for your story. It’s good to write […]
The first book of the Bill Hodges Trilogy is ‘Mr Mercedes.’ It opens with former Detective Bill Hodges on the brink of suicide because he’s unable to a mass murderer. This criminal ran a Mercedes into a crowd of people waiting for a job fair, killing and injuring dozens. Bill pulls himself out of depression […]