How To Improve Your Prose Writing

Fiction is written in prose, which is a way of writing in ordinary everyday speech. It sounds simple, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. It’s essential to learn how to improve your prose writing if you want to become an author and write novels that readers enjoy. It’s a given that a reader must want turn those pages and part of the author’s craft is to ensure that his written language facilitates that – if the reader doesn’t turn the page, your goose is cooked! The story must be told in a direct, straightforward way. This means that […]

What is Purple Prose? Definition & Discussion (Guest Post)

When Ariana Paxton approached me to write a guest post on, we agreed on the subject and title pretty quickly – ‘What Is Purple Prose?’ No doubt due to my past education (and biases, attitudes and experiences!) I naturally assumed the article would explain that PP was bad, bad, bad, but this is not the case. Rather than reject this alternative point of view, I decided to post it in its entirety, as it flies against the winds of accepted creative writing practice, at least for writers of fiction. In prose, the two extremes are the Purple variety with […]