• Editing,  News,  Writing

    Launching: Story Doctoring

    Part-course, part-mentorship! Work one-on-one with Libby M Iriks and learn how you can improve your manuscript! CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve toiled away for months on end, years even, and have finally completed a manuscript. You’ve celebrated and basked in the euphoria that comes with achieving such a feat, and you’ve dreamed about seeing your story published. But although you’ve written “The End”, you know you are far from finished. You know you have to edit and revise your manuscript, but you’re not sure where to start. What do you cut? What do you keep? And just how are you going to improve your story? Revising a manuscript can be a daunting and…

  • News,  Writing

    Launching: Short Story Masterclass

    Work one-on-one with Libby M Iriks and learn how to pen a kick-arse short story! Have you ever sat down to write a short story, thinking it’s got to be easier than writing an entire novel, only to produce a lacklustre piece that fails to impact readers in the way you were hoping? Well, I hear you. We’ve all been there. But the reason your story may have failed to impress is that storytelling, and short story writing in particular, is an art form. It takes time to master. Short stories might contain less words than a novel, but that doesn’t mean it takes less skill to engage and satisfy the reader.…

  • Editing,  Writing

    The writing and editing process

    When witnessing other writers advertising their newest release have you ever wondered “How on earth did they write and publish that book so quickly? Why can’t I do the same?” Well, I hear you! In this wonderful world of social media, we so often see the end result. We see the cover reveals and the author’s glowing smile as they hold their book in their hands, but we don’t always see what goes on behind their closed office doors. We don’t see all the hard work that goes into bringing a manuscript to a publishable standard. So today, I’m revealing the steps it took for me to write and edit…

  • Editing,  Style,  Writing

    Showing or Telling? A strategy for writers

    How do I know if I’m showing or telling? Does my writing have a good balance of narrative modes? Have I managed to avoid writing big chunks of backstory? If you need answers to these questions, keep reading!  In this episode of Showing and Telling Made Easy, we’re going to explore a practical strategy that will help you find answers. First, let’s recap the five tools, or narrative modes, fiction writers use to communicate their stories. They are: Action Dialogue Thought Description Exposition Action and dialogue are the tools most commonly used to show, but it doesn’t mean that thought, description and exposition should never be used. Each tool has…

  • Style,  Writing

    How to Handle Backstory in Fiction

    You. Must. Cut. Your. Backstory. How many times have you heard this? Plenty, I bet. Along with “show, don’t tell”, it’s one of the first things a writer learns. But it can be difficult to know how to handle backstory. You’re probably thinking that if you cut your character’s backstory, the reader won’t understand why your character behaves in a certain way and they’ll probably end up very confused. And you’d be right! But problems arise when you don’t know how to handle backstory. New writers tend to present it to the reader using exposition, one of those pesky writing tools we need to learn to use effectively or risk disengaging our readers. If you…