One of the best ways to escape is with a good book. Image via Pixabay.



Favourite Character Types lists my three favourites.  These are the reluctant hero, the misunderstood character who isn’t the evil so-and-so everyone thought, and the heroine who is as good as the hero and often better.  I give some examples and say what I would have liked to have seen happen with regard to Severus Snape (who comes in the second one on my list).  See what you think.


Anniversaries shares some questions which could lead to interesting stories, such as which anniversaries are banned by the authorities of your ficitonal world and what happens to anyone defying that ban.  Also if Character A thinks a certain anniversary is important but Character B does not, how does that affect their relationship?


I’ve found a way of catching up with my magazine reading – get on the exercise bike and pedal away as I read.  I also share up to date news about Mabel, my border collie, and wonder if inconsiderate swimmers who don’t look where they’re going also happen to be Audi drivers.  So a nice mixed bag here!

Shakespeare had his quill, modern writers have their laptops. Image via Pixabay.

Such a familiar look. Image via Pixabay.


The world of the imagination should play a role in your stories. I can't imagine any world without some form of the arts. Image via Pixabay.



Fairytales in a Flash shares my love of flash fiction and fairytales.  One lovely thing about flash is it is very flexible when it comes to genre.  In my upcoming book, From Light to Dark and Back Again (Chapeltown Books), I have stories which are borderline horror, others are crime tales, while the majority are fairytales with bite.  So have fun with the form – I have (and am now working on another flash fiction collection so intend to keep on having fun with it!).


What Not to Say to a Writer is one of those posts that could attract lots of additional points to the ones I’ve made (feel free!).  I’ve listed the “where do you get your ideas?” and the “I’d write if I had more time” line but what can you come up with here?  For novelists, I’d add in something like “you’ve written one novel – is that all?”.  For all writers, why are there misunderstandings about how long it can take to produce a good story (and a good novel takes even longer)?  Has film and TV made everyone expect stories instantly?  (False premise if so, it takes ages to produce something that’s ready for broadcast).


Today (5th December) was my 29th wedding anniversary.  Had a lovely day out with better half and the dog.  None of us can believe where the time has gone!  (Okay Mabel has only been with  us for 4 years out of that 29 but she can’t believe where that time has gone!).  Managed to catch up with some reading tonight as well which was great.  And I put in a plug for flash fiction again – I won’t bother to pretend I’m not biased.  I am!

Do your characters know in which direction they're going? (Border collie is optional!). Image via Pixabay.

Mabel. Image taken by me.