Writing Inspiration: 15 Magical Paths and Roads to Walk Along

By Aral Bereux French poet and novelist Anatole France once said, “If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.’ The world is a mysterious place, full of beauty and magic when we chance to explore it. Poets, authors, musicians, and artists have long sought inspiration while strolling along some of the…

12 Harsh But True Writing Tips To Indulge Your Melancholy

Being a writer is a hard, tedious, and exhausting life. Don’t get me wrong—I love the process of writing and creating, but a writer doesn’t choose to write. It’s innate, it’s unstoppable, and it’s sometimes downright cruel. On the flip side, writing can take you to places that never existed; you’re on an exclusive journey […]

40 Ways to Exploit Your Characters In Your First Draft

You’ve finally finished your first draft of the next magnificent, ground breaking novel. Give yourself some credit and congratulate yourself. Authoring a book isn’t for the faint-hearted, and it’s a task most people are unlikely to achieve. Unfortunately for you, getting the story down on the proverbial piece of paper is only half the battle….

A Writer’s Life

Writers, I think, are inherently hyperactive. Hyperactive with a splash of the neurotics. Those who aren’t writers will disagree. We resemble that of a sloth in the mornings, hunting out our first caffeine hit with the grace of a moss-covered creature. We then retreat to our cave, slowly experiencing the ritual metamorphosis until we resemble…

Is a Dystopia Synonymous with Humanity?

Why Dystopian? It’s a question I’m inevitably asked when discussing my books and essays. My short answer is: Do I get a choice? Followed by my long answer: It’s what makes us human. The dystopian genre is a messy reflection of the good, bad and in-betweens of humanity in difficult situations. The dystopian society is an…

The Top 10 Dystopian Songs

  (By Aral Bereux) Some of the greatest hits of all time have been created with dystopian themes. Music, books and films — they strike a proverbial chord with audiences. From Prince to Good Charlotte, Imagine Dragons and Bright Eyes, here are but a few music hits to consider. Eve of Destruction, Barry McGuire. The…

A Beautiful Mess

The world of words is a scary place when laid on a platter for everyone to feast upon. Not only that, it’s unglamorous, lonely, and equates to a low level of pay for the rate of hours put in. Too much coffee is consumed, marriages end in divorce, and your kids end up in a strange…

A Final Warning from George Orwell

Watching this documentary again, although this isn’t the real Orwell – but arguably, a very accurate portrayal courtesy of the BBC – heeding to Orwell’s predications and warnings is more true in every form of the word today than it was when this documentary was recorded. “There will be no loyalty accept loyalty to the party…