Choosing a setting

    When you start thinking about the setting for your novel, you need to decide if the location is going to be fictional, real or somewhere between the two. For instance, I set my novel in the Scottish Highlands, so I wanted it to be as authentic as...

Getting to know your characters

  You want your characters to be memorable and even loved (or loathed if that is your intention)? Then you need to make them compelling and three-dimensional. Think of  the characters you love from your favourite books, tv shows or films. Why do you care about...

Trip to Edinburgh: Part Three

  On the second day we seemed to spend a long time searching for the elusive Gallery of Modern Art, which is quite a walk away from Prince’s Street. My mum ended up asking two different people for directions while I squinted begrudgingly at my unhelpful map (I am...

Trip to Edinburgh: Part Two

  The first night in Edinburgh I had booked us in for one of the many ghost tours that frequent the streets. We used the Mercat tour called Doomed, Dead and Buried and our hooded guide, Faith led us into many of the locations from the capital’s rich and dark...

Trip to Edinburgh: Part One

  Last week I was lucky enough to visit Edinburgh with my mum for a wee research trip for my novel, as well as doing some sightseeing. I have been plenty of times before but on this occasion I felt like there was a lot more on offer to see and do.   After...

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