• The challenges of creating a first novel

    August 5, 2016 Blog

    We met Michelle properly on July 15th 2015, when she attended the book launch of our first paperback, The Moors. That this is where we met is a testament to Michelle’s tenacity as she is forever attending events about publishing to learn more about the industry. Also, she’s so personable when dealing with fellow authors that it’s no surprise her guest blogs are growing in both quality and quantity, and we’re delighted to have Michelle …

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  • Business as usual at Pen Works Media

    When do pseudonyms become deceitful?

    February 29, 2016 Blog

    I found it quite interesting to recently learn that James Patterson doesn’t actually write all his own books, and the discovery led me to wonder how his fans actually felt about it.

    In a recent blog, I highlighted a number of reasons why a writer may wish to use a pseudonym, but to optimise financial gain by allowing multiple authors to write under one umbrella wasn’t one of them, so I thought I’d try and add …

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  • Pseudonym author

    What use is a pseudonym name to a writer?

    February 14, 2016 Blog

    If you know me, or read my blog, you’ll be fully aware of how passionately I believe in character development and story structure. I feel they are both integral to the creation of a great story, and it can take a lot of time and effort to write a book or a screenplay in what I consider to be the right way.

    If you agree with me and you’ve spent months or years of your life …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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