David Chitty

  • Standing desks—desks that are higher so that you can stand at them instead of sit at them—have been around for as long as we humans have been working at desks. However, they have seen a recent resurgence as mor […]

  • Follows: Plot

    Every great book has a set of building blocks that allowed the writer to turn their idea into what we see on the page. Throughout this series, I’m going to be covering these different b […]

  • There are many elements that go into making a book and each have their own subtleties and intricacies that, when worked on properly, can turn an idea to a fantastic book. All writers will have their own principles […]

  • Picture the scene: you’ve written your book, you look down at your word count, and the word count is somewhere between 150,000 and 200,000 words. That’s far too many words for a book unless you’re going for epic […]

  • You will often hear writers talk about the rules of writing. You should be showing, not telling! This doesn’t adhere to the three-act structure! Your character is very passive, they should be active! And so on. D […]

  • Exercise is something that has a multitude of well-known and documented health benefits—both physically and mentally—and it is often cited as a way to boost creativity or help alleviate writers’ block. But is th […]

  • The Bible is an interesting case when it comes to copyright and public domain. The King James Version of the Bible was first published in the 1600s, for example, so it is technically in the public […]

  • To start with, this is the best-selling book of all time. It is also a very weird book, and that’s before you even look at the content. There are multiple versions published by different companies. Not like a f […]

  • I love writing—I always have and I always will. But there does come a time when that love starts changing into something else. Apathy, boredom, pure hatred at times—pick any negative emotion and you can say tha […]

  • Follows: Week Four

    It’s December, which means you made it to the end! Jolly good show. All that’s left now is to send off what you’ve written to agents, publishers, or self-publish it…

    Don’t do that. […]

  • Follows: Week Three

    This is it. The final week of NaNoWriMo is about to end, and there a few extra days until the month is done. You’re nearly there. You may have reached 50,000 words already, or you might s […]

  • You’ve got a great idea and want to write, but there’s one problem: you don’t know where to start.

    Even if you’ve started, or possibly finished your first ventures into writing, you don’t know what to do next. […]

  • Follows: Week Two

    Still going? That’s really impressive, and you should be proud already. Take a moment to enjoy being three weeks in, you’ve earned it. Take a breath and put your feet up.

    This week is lik […]

  • Follows: Week One

    You’re still here? Great. Genuinely, well done. You’ve got past one of the hardest parts of this entire process. You have some tough spots coming up later but you’re in a relatively easy spot […]

  • Follows: Week Zero

    You’re a week in, give-or-take, and hopefully you should have put down around 5,000 words already. You might be ahead, you may be behind; either way it doesn’t matter that much at this poi […]

  • A lot of new writers have a very similar habit. In this essay, we’ll take a trip to this bad habit and, together, discover exactly what it is, and why you shouldn’t do it.

    See that? That is what so many wri […]

  • NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is pretty much what it says on the tin: it’s a month where you write a novel (or 50,000 words of one). It’s a relatively simple concept, but one that’s developed over […]

  • What you call someone is, in effect, their name. People usually call me ‘David,’ but I’m also called things like ‘mate,’ ‘Chitty,’ and occasionally ‘Dave’ (please don’t call me ‘Dave’). Using non-given names like […]

  • An issue that you may not realise that comes up in your writing career is the choice between which version of English you use.

    One of the more prevalent pieces of advice I see regarding this is to write for the […]

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