Truth No. 9 – Roots that bind

To fully develop your main characters (your protagonist and antagonist), consider where they have come from in both a physical and psychological sense. What does their ‘home’ (or ‘non-home’) mean to them? Place the psychologies of your characters in relationship with the world that formed them. Understanding the spirit of the places your characters call…

Truth No. 8 – I was Betrayed but I did not Betray

Being betrayed by someone you love is crippling. I believe silence is betrayal and because of this, I know I was betrayed by my mother. What about being the betrayer of someone you love? Could you? I couldn’t. Despite my suffering, I couldn’t betray my mother. I sacrificed my own self esteem, emotional wellbeing and…

Truth No. 7 – I vanished

Does your book have a theme? If not, consider including one because the theme (or themes) is an essential component of the story. It connects the protagonist’s internal journey, their concerns and passions to the external plot and gives readers something to care about. Theme helps a good story become a compelling one. I have just…

Truth No. 6 – I lied

Do your characters lie? If not, make them, they will be more authentic. We all lie, don’t we? I know I do. Sweet little lies (there’s a great song there, check it out!), not the big stonking ones I used to tell. I learnt to lie from my mother. Not that she sat me down…

Truth No. 5 – We all have one

February 6th – my Mother’s birthday. Were she still alive, today would have been my mother’s eightieth birthday. My Mother died when she was sixty-nine. Enough years on the planet one might suppose to ‘get things right.’ What things, you may ask. Well to find that out, you’ll have to wait for the publication of…

Truth No. 4 – Sulking means something

For me my best writing comes from emotion, feeling empathy for my characters, understanding their needs and who they are. Have you ever written about a character who sulks? Think about it, the opportunities to discover the inner workings of their mind. Why are they sulking? What is it they want? What is it they…