Book Review: Lord Loss by Darren Shan

I reread the first book in the Demonata series, LORD LOSS, by Darren Shan, and basically re-lived my book-loving teenagehood. This review does not contain spoilers.

What to do After Finishing a First Draft

On 27th July 2017, Rune Mage was finished at 199k words after NaNoWriMo 2016 and two lots of Camp NaNoWriMo 2017. Then I hit a wall. What now? I had several plot bunnies boiling for the past few months and was too happy to jump straight into a different project, but I knew this was always my pattern…

Meet My Villain #2 (The Windcaster)

This post is about one of the villains in my fantasy novel The Windcaster, which is free to read on Wattpad. As with all “Meet My Character” blog posts, this contains **SPOILERS**.

Thank You, Readers

I will never have reached where I am today without my readers. From those who avidly chase chapter after chapter, speculate to no ends, suggest pointers for improvement or ways to make my writing more dramatic; to enthusiastic, silently supportive ones who are the first to read and leave a vote and never complain when I’m…

On Sale: Paladin by Sally Slater

For those who don’t know, Wattpad sensation’s Sally Slater’s debut fantasy novel Paladin is on sale on Kindle store for 99c/99p! It’s one of the first books I read on Wattpad and I fell head over heels in love with it. Kickass heroine with genderbendering confusion and a smattering of demons, guts, and action makes…

Plotting: Rise of the Vengeful Dragon (Part 2)

In my previous post, I talked about how I started the plotting process for Rise of the Vengeful Dragon. After answering the major questions heading each parts of the story, all that’s left is to assemble the parts, spice them up (my annotations after the assembly are in bold), and I can start writing.

Plotting: Rise of the Vengeful Dragon (Part 1)

Ah, plotting. The bane of my life. And the joy of some writers. I hate plotting, but I need to know where to go when I’m writing, so I definitely need it. Initial skeleton-drawing is fairly easy, but it’s the branching out that’s so much harder. The roots are easy to take hold. The trunk…

Book Review: Finvarra’s Circus by Monica Sanz (DistantDreamer)

I recently finished reading “Finvarra’s Circus” by Monica Sanz (AKA DistantDreamer), and, my, what a beautiful, haunting read. This is the second of Monica’s books I’ve read so far, with the first being “A Witchling’s Rites” (first draft and continuing on Wattpad) and I loved it from start to finish. It follows the tale of…

Free/Cheap Books

A few months ago, I happened across this website called Bookbub, which essentially means cheap or free eBooks! For someone like me who move on a regular basis and has far too much junk, this is heaven. What you do is, sign up and tick a list of authors whose books you want to know about (basically…

The Importance of Having a Good Book Cover (Part 2 of 2)

So unattractive or unprofessional-looking covers don’t help your literary masterpieces get the attention they deserve. What can you do? On Wattpad there is the multimedia club. There you will find many Wattpadders offering their services for covers, banners, image manipulations, etc. Some of the users are amateurs looking for more practice and renown on WP;…

All The Sins (The Art of Madness Prompt)

The second prompt in Nyhterides’s ‘The Art of Madness’ competition revolved the main character finding a strange CD-Rom, the voice of which tells him she represents all his sins he was afraid to commit, and then him waking up in a strange place. This piece took me about three days of puzzling before I realised…

The Importance of Having a Good Book Cover (Part 1 of 2)

Potential readers judge a book by its cover. Everyone does; anyone who says otherwise is lying. The first thing anyone sees is the cover and if it’s attractive and gives the reader an idea of what the book is about, they’ll pick it up. Then they read the blurb. Then they flick through it. If…