Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

February 14, 2013


A literary dilemma puts your character (and yes I'm going to cliche here) between a rock and a hard place. A gun is pointed at your character's head. Their choice is having to eat eiter a huge cow pat or a small dollop of dog poo - a true dilemma. Choosing between a huge cow pat and a chocolate digestive isn't.  A character should weigh up the pros and cons of each horrific option and pick the least worst . Feeling a bit sick? That's visceral writing - make your reader feel it. For the record. I'd get it over with quick.

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