I have often been asked for advice by those who would like to
write fiction, and it seemed to me that this website was as good a way
as any to offer some help and tips to would-be novelists from complete
beginners to seasoned writers of non-fiction who would like to branch
You can find advice on many aspects of writing fiction by clicking on
the links on the left, but if you have a writing query that isn’t
answered here, please use the contact form, and I will send you a personal
reply. You might sometimes have to wait for a while, but I will reply
So if you are just starting out, and are unsure of what you want to
write, or how to get it down on the page, or what you do once you’ve
done that – or if you are simply seeking inspiration ? I hope I
can be of some help. But do remember, it is simply advice. There are
no rules in fiction-writing; just basic conventions which it’s
as well not to break unintentionally.
I have included some of what I call Penbenders – a few little
exercises to get the juices flowing. If you find that sort of thing a
bore, give it a miss, but if you think they might be fun, try them.
One other thing – I use ‘he’ to describe every living
thing with no definite gender, so if you are PC, you’ll have to
put up with it, or forget the whole thing, because whenever I see ‘she’ used
in this way, it’s like chalk scraping on a blackboard. I can’t
bear it, so I’m never going to change my wicked ways.
If you’re still with me despite that awful confession, I’m
glad, and I wish you the very best of luck with whatever you write.