Writing Fiction in a Dystopian Reality: How 2020 has Lost the Plot

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Everything you thought you knew about writing speculative fiction has been turned on its head.

I think you’ll agree with me when I say that 2020 is turning out to be the strangest year that any of us have ever experienced. And as authors who try to analyse events and capture the fears and feelings of our readers, it’s doubly difficult.

Ten years ago I began writing a novel while at university. It was a detective thriller novel, set in a dystopian world that had been ravaged by a virus. Militaries had seized control of governments and citizens lived under restricted conditions, similar to the COVID-19 lockdown. Read More

Mysteries and Misadventures: Tales from the Highlands

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You’ll never guess what happened to me this morning, before I even had my coffee…

…I opened an email from Amazon saying that they had finally linked the ebook and paperback versions of my new Scottish short stories collection, which meant I could claim them on my Author Central and start marketing them!!

So I suddenly found myself with a book launch to prep for. I knew I wanted to do a book promo video for the launch, so I set about making that first and adding it to my Aaron Mullins Author YouTube Channel:

Available as a paperback or an ebook, including on Kindle Unlimited, you can grab your copy HERE: Read More

Scottish Dialect: An Author’s Guide to Highland Dialogue

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The beautiful lilt of a Scottish accent. It’s a wonderful thing to hear, but as I have discovered, an absolute headache to spell each word so it sounds just right to the ear.

You would think writing dialogue for Scottish characters would be an easy thing for me to do, seeing as it’s my default childhood accent. But apparently being a Highlander comes with some distinct quirks, pronunciations and words that seemingly aren’t used outside of the very north of Caithness. Read More

Beaches for Writing Inspiration

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The relaxing sound of the waves. The soft crush of the sand beneath your feet.

It’s no wonder that a walk along the beach is just what a writer needs to clear their heads of daily tasks, relax them, and release their imagination. Many studies have shown that a walk on the beach lowers stress and blood pressure, boosts mood and has many positive effects on mental health. All things that can also boost creativity for writers. Read More

Writing Guide: My Personal Top 10 Author Tips and Rules

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Every writer develops their own voice. They each have their own unique mannerisms, quirks and ways of working. And we all learn what works best for us, as authors.

For me personally, I like having a set of rules that I write by, and a few quick ways to self-edit my work. These may not work for everyone. They may be generically applicable to all authors, or they may fly in the face of convention. But they keep me focused, structured and able to maintain both my author voice and the quality of my work.

In no particular order of importance, here’s my own personal Top 10 Author Tips and Rules: Read More