#BlogBlitz #Review How NOT To Write Female Characters by Lucy V Hay @LucyVHayAuthor @rararesources

How Not To Write Female Characters by Lucy V. Hay

Title: How NOT to write female characters by Lucy V Hay

Date Published: 23rd August 2018

Genre: Non-Fiction/Writing

Description:

Female characters. When fifty per cent of your potential target audience is female, if you’re not writing them in your screenplay or novel? You’re making a BIG mistake!

But how should you approach your female characters? That’s the million-dollar question … After all, women in real life are complex, varied and flawed. Knowing where to start in creating three dimensional female characters for your story is extremely difficult. 

So … perhaps it’s easier to figure out how NOT to write female characters?

Script editor, novelist and owner of the UK’s top screenwriting blog http://www.bang2write.com, Lucy V Hay has spent the last fifteen years reading the slush pile. She has learned to spot the patterns, pitfalls and general mistakes writers make when writing female characters – and why.

In How Not To Write Female Characters, Lucy outlines: 

•WHO your character is & how to avoid “classic” traps and pitfalls
•WHAT mistakes writers typically make with female characters
•WHERE you can find great female characters in produced and published content
•WHEN to let go of gender politics and agendas
•WHY female characters are more important than ever

Lucy is on a mission to improve your writing, as well as enable diverse voices and characters to rise to the top of the spec pile. 

REVIEWS FOR LUCY V’S WRITING ADVICE: 

‘A timely guide to creating original characters and reinvigorating tired storylines. ‘
– Debbie Moon, creator and showrunner, Wolfblood (BBC)  

‘Lucy V. Hay nails it’
– Stephen Volk, BAFTA-winning screenwriter: Ghostwatch, Afterlife, The Awakening 

‘Packed with practical and inspirational insights’
– Karol Griffiths, development consultant and script editor, clients include ITV, BBC, Warner Brothers 

‘A top-notch, cutting-edge guide to writing and selling, not just practical but inspirational. Lucy’s distinctive voice infuses the entire journey. Quite brilliant. Here’s the woman who’ll help you make things happen.’
– Barbara Machin, award-winning writer & creator of Waking the Dead 

‘Delivers the stirring call to arms that writers must not only write, but take their work to the next level themselves, making sacrifices and taking risks if they want to see their stories on screen.’
– Chris Jones, Filmmaker, Screenwriter & Creative Director at the London Screenwriters Festival 

‘Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays is a must-read for any writer, producer or director looking to create (or in the process of creating) a thriller production. It could also be immensely useful for those generally curious about the genre or looking to learn more.’ – Film Doctor

‘Lucy V Hay explains what a script reader and editor’s role in filmmaking, tells you to work on your concepts and that dialogue is the last thing to work on in her new book.’ – Brit Flicks

Review:

So as a wannabe author, I’m always on the lookout for books to help with my writing journey. How NOT to write female characters is definitely one of those books.

The focus of the book is looking at clichés surrounding female characters from kiss ass hottie to adding a female just for the sake of it.

Even though I am female, I still found this book extremely helpful and Lucy V Hay really uses her years of writing expertise to create this informative read. It’s a quick, straight to the point read, written in a no nonsense style which took me less than an hour to read.

I feel like a lot of the advice can be used not just for female characters, but to create any fully rounded character in general, so it’s definitely worth a read.

How NOT to write female character is a quick read, written in a clear and straight to the point style that I’d recommend to anyone who has an interest in writing.

About The Author –

Lucy V. Hay is an author, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write How Not - hands in the air, looking upconsultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts.  Lucy’s also the author of  WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS.

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#BlogTour #Review Do No Harm by LV Hay @OrendaBooks @LucyVHayAuthor @annecater #TillDeathDoUsPart #DoNoHarm

Title: Do No Harm by Lucy V Hay

Publisher: Orenda Books

Date Published: 20th July 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

Till death do us part…

After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with headteacher Sebastian. Kind but vulnerable, Sebastian is the polar opposite of Maxwell, and the perfect match for Lily. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and that’s when things start to go wrong…

Maxwell returns to the scene, determined to win back his family, and events soon spiral out of control. Lily and Sebastian find themselves not only fighting for their relationship, but also their lives…

Chilling, dark and terrifying, Do No Harm is a taut psychological thriller and a study of obsession, from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.

Review:

The story begins with Lily and Sebastian’s wedding after a whirlwind romance, followed by an exotic honeymoon in Mauritius but the second they return everything starts to go wrong…

Wow this is one of those books that I got so absorbed in that hours could pass and I didn’t even notice.

The first book I read by Lucy V Hay was very different to this one (you can read my review of Proof Positive here) but like Proof Positive I still found myself pulled in by the characters, I got slightly too emotionally involved to be honest!

Sebastian and Lily are quite normal characters, both teachers, you know someone you might pass in the street. Both have baggage, Lily, her possessive ex Maxwell and her BBF Triss and Sebastian his mother who he seems to have quite a complicated relationship with. Lily’s six year old son adds another layer to the story, he also has issues with Sebastian’s and Lily’s marriage and starts wetting the bed. So many things go wrong for them throughout the story, it could even test a couple that had been together longer than they had.

I did start to get a little frustrated with the characters and their decisions as the end neared and I’m still not sure whether I liked the ending or not but I can’t stop thinking about it!

Overall Do No Harm is an original and engrossing novel that you won’t forget once you’ve read it.

Rating: 4.5/5

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About The Author:

Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2writeme in front of BISR powerpoint consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts. Lucy’s also the author of WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS. Her debut crime novel, THE OTHER TWIN, is now out with Orenda Books and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Check out all her books, HERE.

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#BlogTour #Review Proof Positive by Lucy V Hay @LucyVHayAuthor @rararesources

Title: Proof Positive (the intersection series book 1) by Lucy V Hay

Date Published: 28th May 2018

Genre: Young Adult

Description:

On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Lizzie finds herself pregnant: she’s literally days away from her exam results and university beckons around the corner. The bright Lizzie has big plans, but can she have the life she wanted, with a baby in tow? What will her family and friends say? And what will the baby’s father choose to do: stay out of it, or stand by her?

An exciting “What if…” journey in the style of “Run Lola Run” and “Sliding Doors”.

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Purchase Link – http://mybook.to/ProofPositive

Review:

Lizzie has always been the sensible one, the one that never rocks the boat but she finds herself at almost eighteen, pregnant and unsure what to do. This story follows the different paths that she could take and shows what the outcomes could be.

Now this book brought up a lot of emotions for me, as at eighteen on the verge of going to University much like Lizzie, I also found out I was pregnant with my son. It opened up a lot of issues I had at the time. Could I have had an abortion or given him up for adoption? The answer to that was no and I’ve no regrets (well going to University the year after he was born is one but we live and we learn) but would I have liked to know the different outcomes, hell yes!

The book is quite short, around two hundred pages, then split into different sections, each starting with Lizzie receiving a phone call from a different person. First, her younger sister Sal, then her mum, then her boyfriend Mike, then her her best friend Shona. It was interesting to see each outcome changed slightly by whoever she told.

Lizzie is a likeable character, even though she is a little self involved, she’s very naive and easily led. She had quite a complicated relationship with her mum, wanting her to take change but feeling that she was overbearing at the same time.

In one of the sections, Lizzie has her baby and this really reminded me of when I first had my son. The author really captures the feelings tiredness, loneliness and isolation of being a young mum sometimes especially if you have no friends with kids. The only thing it was missing was the looks and snide comments that I used to get.

This book covers a very sensitive subject and the ending is a little ambiguous so it won’t be for everyone. But if you give it a try it will really tug on the old heart strings and you will root for Lizzie no matter what her decision is.

Overall an emotionally absorbing book that I think teenagers and parents alike should read.

Rating: 4/5

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About The Author:

Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN me in front of BISR powerpoint(2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts. Lucy’s also the author of WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS. Her debut crime novel, THE OTHER TWIN, is now out with Orenda Books and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Check out all her books, HERE.

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www.twitter.com/Bang2write

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