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

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

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

5 Places in Paris for Writing Inspiration

Paris is a fantastic source of inspiration for writers.

When we think of the French capital, it conjures up images of fashionable people, streets lined with cafés and beautiful buildings. There’s always the smell of great food and the hint of romance in the air.

The City of Light is also an inspirational place for authors who enjoy writing mysteries, horror and adventure books. We all know about the skull-lined catacombs that lie beneath the Parisian streets, holding the remains of six million people.

So with both the dreamy and the darkness in mind, here are my top 5 places in Paris for writing inspiration: Read More

Free Poem: Broken

Yes I know this is a poem in the free stories category. It’s the only poem I intend to share with you. I don’t write poetry. But one day, I did.

I actually wrote this poem at one of the lowest points in my young life. Everything felt like it was falling apart and I was expressing my emotions in a lot of ways, one of the more positive of which resulted in this poem. Read More