Category: Smells

Sometimes, writing smells. Something is wrong, but what is it? Learning to recognise what problem your writing is smelling of and knowing how to fix it is an important writing skill.
For a structured overview of these smells, look here.
If you just want to dig in, look below.

March 31, 2017 / Smells

If you throw a group of people in a stressful situation, those people will be pushed to their limits or beyond. In some stories, though, the people in the group turn to idiocy. Let’s have a look at the Flock of Headless Chickens writing smell.

February 10, 2017 / Smells
October 7, 2016 / Smells


‘Almost’ is the snake oil that lazy writers use to spice up their stories. That ‘almost’ is a lie, smoke and mirrors to distract you from an otherwise boring story. What am I talking about? The ‘almost’ smell.

August 26, 2016 / Smells

Bad Analogies

This post will explain bad analogies like a gull would explain how to fly. Did you get that? No? Agreed, it was a pretty terrible analogy. You don’t want your writing to smell of this. But what should you do then?

May 13, 2016 / Smells


Putting end-of-lines or newlines in the right place can be quite challenging. If you do it wrong, your story will suffer. Let’s have a look at this end of the line smell.