The Perfect Title: Tips to Picking a Great Title for Your Story

There are three things that draw the attention of potential readers to a book in a bookstore. Cover, author, and title. Covers must appear attractive, eye-catching. Familiarity with authors’ names can prompt purchases. But titles are important for many reasons. A good title must both draw the reader in and be something familiar. Often from … Continue reading The Perfect Title: Tips to Picking a Great Title for Your Story

15 Tips to be a Better Writer

Read books that challenge you Whether it challenges your beliefs (opening your mind to new cultures, places, and people) or your vocabulary, reading books that you wouldn’t usually read is a great way of deepening your own writing. Write every day This is a tip you hear a lot, but I’ll expand it a bit. … Continue reading 15 Tips to be a Better Writer

Top 9 Series for Anyone Filled With Wanderlust

According to Dictionary.com, wanderlust means “a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.” I love to travel and learn about new places. But let’s face it: time, money, and resources are limited to the majority of us who love to travel. So we often engage in our wanderlust through photography, books, TV, etc. So … Continue reading Top 9 Series for Anyone Filled With Wanderlust

Unique Places to Set a Horror Story

If you’ve read and watched as many horror stories as I have, you’ll know that creators love to set their plots around really creepy places, like haunted houses and asylums. But let’s face it: the same old setting can get a wee bit repetitive because few authors seem to find new, unique settings. So today … Continue reading Unique Places to Set a Horror Story

Top 9 Non-English Countries for Cinema

When you hear the word cinema, odds are the picture American or British films and television will come to your mind. But the world is massive and many countries have created incredible cinema that has been sadly left in the shadows of big budget Hollywood motion pictures. So today I want to take a brief … Continue reading Top 9 Non-English Countries for Cinema

True Stories Behind Fairytales

Growing up, children love listening to fairytales or watching the many film adaptations of said tales. However, let’s face it. The majority of these stories have no semblance to reality. In many cases, these famous legends have been passed down for centuries as cautionary tales against being selfish, cruel, or any other vice. However, many … Continue reading True Stories Behind Fairytales

Scaring a Reader: Techniques to Create Terrifying Horror Stories

For over a century, authors such as Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe have been scaring people with truly bone-chilling horror fiction. If you, like me, love to both watch and read horror (whether historical or modern), you will be aware that certain tropes are used a lot in this particular genre (like the absurd … Continue reading Scaring a Reader: Techniques to Create Terrifying Horror Stories