Drabble: Replay

The cars were going so fast, Lainey couldn’t see much more than streaks of light as they passed. She stepped onto the hard shoulder and stopped, glancing back at her friends. They waved her on, their faces alight with beaming, eager smiles. She turned forward again, battling the fear that made her knees shake. Pulling…

Drabble: Murderer Mystery

“Who was it? That annoying butler? The desperate, has-been actress? Or the lecherous vicar?” I walked into the lounge and looked around the circle at them, ticking them off in my head. “The kindly grandmother.” “That’s right,” Inspector Truman said. “We’re investigating the murder of Mrs Jennings.” I nodded with concern while my mind tried…

NGW Podcast: Force Multipliers

In this episode of the podcast, Dave and Simon talk about force multipliers. A force multiplier is a military term, referring to an something(s) that increase your effectiveness by a factor. In other words, something that turns you into the equivalent of two, three, or more other people. We discuss the factors writers can learn…

NGW Podcast: Style Makes All The Difference

In this episode, Dave and Simon talk about the difference style can make to a story. There are many aspects of style, including the author’s style and the elements that go into a story. Check out the podcast to find out our thoughts.

NGW Podcast: Engaging Stories

In this episode of the Nitty Gritty Writing Podcast, Ed and Simon discuss what makes an engaging story. Stories are evolving quickly in the modern age. With far more competition, there’s evolutionary pressure on stories to become better than the others around them. Which adds pressure to us as story-tellers. How can we create a…

NGW Podcast: Stalled Projects

In this episode, Dave and Simon talk about stalled projects. What do you do when your heart isn’t in writing a book? Should you muscle through or abandon the project? Find out our thoughts.