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How to Find a Critique Partner

Critique partners are valuable to any writer. I've spoken a lot before about reasons to seek feedback and reasons to have a critique partner. But I've never really spoken about how to find somebody in the first place. So here's so advice: Connect with other writers This is the first step. A critique partner is… Continue reading How to Find a Critique Partner

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5 Reasons to Finish your Writing Project

Inspiration and ideas can strike writers at any time. They're always lurking, those little moments in life that spark the plot for a novel or short story. And that spark is electric, it's exciting, it pulls your pen to paper until you're fizzing with the sheer need to tell that story. However, although it's hard,… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Finish your Writing Project

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Writing Clichés and How to Avoid Them

Clichés are something I'm still coming to terms with as a writer. I used to think that clichés were mostly common phrases; "As blind as a bat." "In the nick of time!" "You got up on the wrong side of the bed." And while these are examples of clichés, they're not alone. A cliché is essentially… Continue reading Writing Clichés and How to Avoid Them

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6 Lessons From Studying Creative Writing At Uni

Almost three years ago I began my degree, a part time course to fit in around my work. I'm studying English Literature because it is my passion, and it's a combined course that included Creative Writing. With just one assignment left for the year I am three years down with three years left. Here's what… Continue reading 6 Lessons From Studying Creative Writing At Uni

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Using Internet Resources to Add Depth to the Scenes in your Novel

Writing is all about imagination, and as writers it's amazing what we can build out of a small, initial idea. And readers are imaginative too, which is why the whole process of reading/writing is so enjoyable. However, it's still important to provide realistic descriptions, to help immerse the reader in the moment. I've spoken before… Continue reading Using Internet Resources to Add Depth to the Scenes in your Novel

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How to Cope with Silent Rejections

When I first started the submissions process the thing I found the hardest was the 'silent' rejections. These are not the explanatory-rejections that highlight specific flaws in your work, not the generic rejections which are copied and pasted to every unsuccessful applicant. No, these are the ones you never receive at all. The ones were months… Continue reading How to Cope with Silent Rejections

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Reasons to Seek a Critique Partner

Writing is a solitary art, but there are times when we need to reach out to others. I've spoken before about the importance of seeking feedback. Finding a critique partner can  have a huge, positive impact on your life. What is a critique partner? A critique partner (CP) is essentially somebody you share work with,… Continue reading Reasons to Seek a Critique Partner

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What Short Stories Can Teach You About Novel Writing

This year for uni I've been writing a lot of short stories. It's been a bit of a shock to the system, and is something I still need to practice to get right. Ever since I was young I've always written long stories, enjoying building the world or setting up character arcs. I've been in… Continue reading What Short Stories Can Teach You About Novel Writing

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Ways To Get Your Writing Into The World

Whether you write novels, short stories, non-fiction or poetry, your goal could be publication. If it is, you'll experience the long journey of seeking an agent and securing a publishing deal. There are some great ways to get your writing out there in the mean time and, if successful, could provide you with some accreditation… Continue reading Ways To Get Your Writing Into The World

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Writer Worries and How to Beat Them

Writing can be tough and it's not uncommon for writers to doubt themselves and doubt their manuscripts, whether they're published or not. In this post I'm addressing some of the worries we face, and how to beat them when they get you down. 1. What if my writing is rubbish? All artists find fault with… Continue reading Writer Worries and How to Beat Them