My short book How to Get Writing…Fast has fielded a wonderful five-star review on Amazon. Childrens’ book author Janice Spina says: “Matthew Wright has written this book to help writers learn how to get writing and fast! With his thirty years as a successful author, editing, publishing and knowing the ins and outs of writing … More Five star review for ‘Get Writing Fast’
I have often railed about the misuse of ‘word count’ as a single measure of result for writers. I see the misconception all the time in word-o-meters on blog sites, on Facebook posts where people ask each other how much they’ve written, and so on. To me it’s like actors going around comparing the number … More What ‘word count’ really means for writers
One force that pulls agents, publishers and readers into your novel is tension. Usually that can be generated with good characterisation, but a compelling plot can have a tension all of its own. Dan Brown is a master of that one. Tension doesn’t happen by itself. It works itself into all sorts of levels in … More How to grip your readers and hold them to your novel
Structure is everything for writers. It’s essential at all levels and scales, from the broadest structure of a written piece down to the way paragraphs, sentences and phrases are organised. There’s a meme doing the rounds at the moment about adjective order. It’s not strictly correct, grammatically, but it highlights the point that structure’s essential … More Structure is everything for writers
First drafts, reputedly, are always bad. Ernest Hemingway, reputedly, summed it up with one pithy phrase: ‘The first draft of anything is shit.’ His own classic style – clarity, sparseness and an absolute mastery of words – came from multiple rewrites. He re-wrote the wonderful Farewell to Arms at least five times, and by his … More Why a bad first draft is better than no first draft
Does anybody remember ‘Robin of Sherwood’- an eighties TV show by Richard Carpenter that re-invented the Robin Hood story around older mythology and pagan belief. In this version, Robin had the protection of the forest god Herne. The whole was played out to an ethereal soundtrack by Irish band Clannad. I haven’t seen it for … More The fundamental secret of storytelling
My short book How to Get Writing…Fast, is out now, and you can get it on Amazon. Those who’ve followed my blog a while will know I periodically publish stuff on how to write – how to’s, handy tips and hints, that sort of thing. What I haven’t explained is that it’s all consistently based … More Get Writing Fast – out this weekend!