James Moriarty

What makes a great villain?

What makes a great villain? By Alexander Ballard Published January 16, 2014 By now I’m sure we’ve all see season 3 of Sherlock, or at least those of us in the UK have.  Season 3 introduced Charles Augustus Magnussen a very different kind of villain from Moriarty but in many ways far more sinister and…

Last Week of the Year Writing Update

By Alexander Ballard Published December 31, 2013 I’ve decided to start keep track of my weekly writing progress here on my blog instead of just in my daily tracking journals.  I have been hit or miss the week a couple of days above target and a few zero words days.    I blame the recent bout…

Character Bios

By Alexander Ballard Published July 2, 2013 Well I’ve gotten the first few bits of feedback back from one of my beta readers and I’m still looking for an artist do the cover art for my book Legacy but it is all coming together now.  In the meantime I’ve started planning my next novel and…

The long road to the end of the second draft

By Alexander Ballard Published May 28, 2013 Well it’s taken longer than I would have liked but I finally finished off the second draft of my novel Legacy this morning.  It took a good six weeks to get to this point but it’s exciting to have it done.  There were countless grammar and spelling mistakes…

Basics of Characters

By Alexander Ballard Published May 5 2013 Well Developed Believable Consistent Characters are one of the key elements of any piece.  They can make or break a novel.  Their actions and reactions to events dictates the flow of the story and impacts how the plot unfolds. In order for characters to work well in a…