How to research a location you haven’t actually been to #amwriting

April 14, 2017 Helena Fairfax 0

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, or read any of my books, you’ll know how important setting is to me in my writing. In this post about Richmond Park, for example, I wrote about how I tried to combine the setting for The Antique Love with the theme of the book, and how I used… Continue reading How to research a location you haven’t actually been to #amwriting

Writing is emotionally draining (and sometimes lonely)

March 18, 2017 Helena Fairfax 0

I don’t normally start a post with a negative headline – who wants to read about misery? – but this subject has been on my mind recently…and in any case, I have the perfect excuse! It’s time for March’s Round Robin, and this month the question is: Are you ever emotionally drained by writing certain scenes, and… Continue reading Writing is emotionally draining (and sometimes lonely)

How writers can learn from artists and let the reader tell the story

March 7, 2017 Helena Fairfax 0

The artist Auguste Renoir once said that none of his paintings told a specific story. He explained that he kept things vague deliberately because he didn’t want to limit the painting’s scope, and that he wanted his viewers to come away with their own meaning, rather than have him dictate to them what they ought to think. Here is … Continue reading