Common Pitfalls # 3

When I started writing, I had no idea what hard work it was.  I thought it was just a matter of telling a story. Hah!  And now, when I am reading the work of other beginners, although I often feel a little shiver of excitement when someone obviously has...

Common Pitfalls # 2

Another aspect of writing which can trip up the beginner and often betrays their lack of experience is characterisation.  I suspect that people are too fixated on appearance (in life as well!) and feel that once they have covered...

Common Pitfalls # 1

After many years of teaching creative writing, I’ve learned to spot work from people who are inexperienced reasonably swiftly.  A number of things give them away and I thought it might be helpful to talk about these, so that you can try and avoid what are...