• Wake up, Sir

    Wake Up, Sir!

    September 2, 2015 Reviews

    FROM THE PROLOGUE ALONE I could tell that the story would embrace utter randomness. It would seek it out and toy with it, almost defiantly so, proving that anything could be funny if written the right light.

    Through the booze soaked mind of Alan Blair – our wayward hero – we are encouraged to see the world through his slightly skewed view, whose humorous opinions made me wonder if its initial charm could compensate for its …


  • Cogs

    7 steps to writing a great scene

    September 2, 2015 Blog

    Whether you’re writing books, plays, musicals or screenplays, it’s vital that you master the fundamentals of a scene. I mean, that does without saying, right? After all, your work is essentially a long list of scenes, so if your individual scenes have something missing, how will your finished product be any different?

    There’s one small problem. Writing a noteworthy scene is incredibly difficult. If you pull someone off the street and ask them to write a …


  • The Moors - Special Edition

    Win a special edition of The Moors

    August 25, 2015 Latest News

    After working closely with Clays Ltd, we are stupidly, geekily, kid-in-a-candy-store excited to reveal the slick and shiny new cover for our special edition copy of The Moors.

    We haven’t been able to stop touching it since it arrived by special delivery yesterday, and we’re sure you can see why.

    There are only 100 copies printed and it will never be issued again, making it a true collector’s item.

    To get your hands on your very own copy, complete with a signed, personalised …


  • Super Villain

    5 steps to writing a great villain

    August 24, 2015 Blog

    A couple of notes before you read this article:

    *I’ve referred only to films and not books in this blog because I feel it’s easier to make an example of characters whose arcs take shape over just 90-pages.

    *In the off-chance you haven’t yet seen some of these films, there are potential spoilers for The Rock, Rocky IV, Star Wars, Warrior, The Impossible, The Dark Night, 8mm, Unbreakable and X-Men.

    Now, let’s begin.

    To be truly absorbed in a story, we need …


  • Jody signing

    Author Q&A with Jody Medland

    August 21, 2015 Blog, Interviews

    Right after Jody read the prologue to his debut novel, The Moors, he sat down and took a selection of questions from somebody who knows him incredibly well, his older sister, before taking further questions from the audience.

    For anybody who missed it, this is a transcript of what was said…

    When did you start writing The Moors?

    It was 14-years ago now and I started writing it as a screenplay, so a long time ago. As a …


  • Writers block

    How to beat writer’s block

    August 19, 2015 Blog

    Whenever I speak to somebody who has deep rooted aspirations of becoming a writer, it’s never long before they ask me this question and I’m going to be quite a little controversial here.

    I don’t believe in writer’s block.

    This isn’t me trying to be clever or insinuating that I have a stronger creative mind than those who claim to suffer from the dreaded “block of writing.” Far from it!

    I simply feel that “writer’s block,” as a …


  • Sinister hand

    The Moors – Prologue

    August 17, 2015 Blog

    A very big hello and thank you so much for taking the time to visit this page.

    As I’ve been shouting it from the rooftops I’m fairly certain you will know that my first paperback novel was released this summer. Whenever I hold a book signing I tend to read this to the attendees and they say it really helps set the tone for what they feel is an intriguing story, and so I thought it would …


  • Buried Poster

    Write a screenplay agents will love

    August 14, 2015 Blog, Films

    There’s writing screenplays, and there’s being a screenwriter.

    The difference is that anybody can write a screenplay. I learnt my craft by writing dozens of them. However, they never went anywhere because they were rife with errors and not in any way industry friendly.

    Being a screenwriter is more about the art of knowing who you are writing for and having a clear, concise, realistic plan of how you intend to get it to them. The difference …


  • Typewriter

    10 steps to writing a marketable story

    August 12, 2015 Blog

    Before you say anything, I don’t personally believe there is a definitive list of 10 simple tricks to make you write the next best-selling book or blockbuster hit.

    So much goes into every book and screenplay that each finished story is invariably unique in some way, so you can never escape the fact that the hard work and determination needed to write a great story has to come entirely from the writer.

    However, I’ve been in the industry long enough now to have …


  • The Exorcist - Black and white

    The importance of writing visually

    August 10, 2015 Blog

    To some, the title of this blog appears as something of an oxymoron.

    “Visuals?” I hear you cry. “I’m a writer. I paint with words, not images!”

    It’s true that every writer is different in both style and approach, but what is undeniable is that, when used correctly, words can be the most powerful and explosive device ever created by man. Why? Because it allows us to stimulate the almost limitless potential of the human mind.

    When Martin …