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Small ways to incorporate your writing into every day, even when you don’t feel like writing

When it comes to writing, forming a habit is vital. And writing a little every day is enough. But there's no denying we all have days when we don't feel like writing, when we can't find our words. These days can leave you feeling guilty, or wishing you could do SOMETHING to progress your writing.… Continue reading Small ways to incorporate your writing into every day, even when you don’t feel like writing

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Reasons to celebrate at the end of each draft

Writing, re-drafting, and editing. It's a long cycle, but all steps involved in turning your initial idea into a fully finished story. It's always a great feeling, finishing the first draft, and cause to celebrate. But when it comes to subsequent drafts, we tend to just move on to the next step. But really, we… Continue reading Reasons to celebrate at the end of each draft

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3 important reasons to become a beta reader

Beta readers are a vital part of any writers' journey. They offer feedback, advice, and support to writers as they make their journey from first draft, to published works. Recently, I beta read for the wonderful Lorraine Ambers, and I'm currently reading the third book in K.M. Allan's phenomenal Blackbirch series. It's a privilegeAbove all… Continue reading 3 important reasons to become a beta reader

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3 must-have books on novel editing

Editing; it's one of those love/hate parts of being a writer. Whether you enjoy the process or loathe it, it is an unavoidable and essential part of the novel writing process. And you will likely edit the same manuscript not once, not twice, but three, four, five....you get the idea! There are many resources out… Continue reading 3 must-have books on novel editing

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5 things to remember when your writing isn’t going to plan

Writing has its highs and lows. While I'd been doing quite well, my new job has taken over my time hugely, and so my writing isn't quite going to plan. I'm behind on my self-imposed deadlines, and finding it harder and harder to fit it in day to day. Rather, I squeeze it in at… Continue reading 5 things to remember when your writing isn’t going to plan

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6 essential tips for authentic character voice

In creative writing, voice is everything. It is what defines the narrative and connects the readers. It is what agents watch for when looking for the story that jumps out at them. And more importantly of all, it makes your characters authentic. Getting it right can be tough. Some character voices may come without much… Continue reading 6 essential tips for authentic character voice

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5 books that made me want to write thrillers

It took years of writing various stories, in various genres, before I found my most enjoyable type of story to write - thrillers! That's not to say it's the only genre I'll ever write - in fact, my work in progress isn't. But it's where all my future ideas lie, and I've written three so… Continue reading 5 books that made me want to write thrillers

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5 inspiring quotes on finding the time to write

Life is hectic at the moment. Fitting writing around my full time job, and around other busy life commitments, is proving a challenge. A satisfying challenge of course, but still, time is sparse. So, I'm keeping it simple on the blog this week, and sharing 5 inspiring quotes that encourage me to find the time… Continue reading 5 inspiring quotes on finding the time to write

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5 questions to ask yourself if you’re writing from multiple narrative view points

In all genres, you can find novels with multiple narrative points of view. Some stories need it in order to tell a well-rounded tale, others are enhanced by it, but others are just confusing. There are pros and cons of writing this way. I've only ever written novels with at least two view points, and… Continue reading 5 questions to ask yourself if you’re writing from multiple narrative view points

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Skills and traits you develop through creative writing, that will help you grow in any career

For a lucky few, writing is a full time job. For others, it's more of a 'side hustle', and for some, simply a hobby. Whatever writing is to you, it is undoubtedly shaping traits and skills that will help you grow, whatever career path you go down. Even if creative writing is only a hobby,… Continue reading Skills and traits you develop through creative writing, that will help you grow in any career

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7 techniques all fiction writers can learn from Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is iconic television - a show of which I was extremely late to get into. I only watched it for the first time a couple of years ago, by which point every episode was out and I was able to binge watch it. I'd assumed, for years, I'd have no interest in it.… Continue reading 7 techniques all fiction writers can learn from Breaking Bad

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5 reasons writing fiction is good for your mental health

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week, and it seems relevant to talk about writing fiction, and the positive way it can impact your mental health. I'm sure a lot of writers write as an outlet, so I thought it'd be appropriate to talk about 5 of the reasons writing fiction is good for you… Continue reading 5 reasons writing fiction is good for your mental health

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How to write a 300 word synopsis

Writing a synopsis is the enemy for many writers. It's so tough to summaries your novel into a 1,000 words, or one page. What's even harder, is when an agency/publisher asks for a super teeny tiny synopsis of 300 words. But this does happen. I once shared a step-by-step guide to writing a synopsis, but… Continue reading How to write a 300 word synopsis

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4 beautiful movies about writers

It's been a long and strange week, and so rather than finding the brain power for today's post, I thought I'd share my 4 favourite, beautiful movies about writers. There's something about these that are a real comfort to watch, and full of emotion too. Have you seen them? Finding NeverlandThis stunning film follows J.M.… Continue reading 4 beautiful movies about writers

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What’s Happening? How to be sure each chapter is moving your story forward

When it comes to novel writing, each scene is about moving the plot. Every chapter should play its part in keeping the story moving; be it through action, character progression, revelation, or added suspense/mystery. It can be tempting, when we love our characters, to fill in their backstory, fluffy side plots, or general information and… Continue reading What’s Happening? How to be sure each chapter is moving your story forward

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3 important things writing poetry teaches us about writing novels

April is national poetry month, so it seemed appropriate to write a post about poems. In line with the general theme of my blog, I'm focusing on what writing poetry can teach us about writing novels. Having studied poetry as part of my university course, these are the three important things I found: Creative metaphor… Continue reading 3 important things writing poetry teaches us about writing novels

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The Perfect Time of Day to Write

Previously on the blog, we've spoken about the perfect writing environment. The impossibility of finding that ideal setting to sit down and let your imagination run free. But how about the perfect time of day to write? I've been thinking about this a lot lately, so let's decide shall we...? First thing in the morningSome… Continue reading The Perfect Time of Day to Write

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Your Top 10 Posts from the Past 200! (200th Post – Milestone Achieved!)

Blogging to you this morning, lovely writers, from post number 200! Wow, it feels like quite a milestone, and I can't believe I've had that much to say! I thought it'd be an idea to reflect back on the posts that led to this point, and so I'm re-sharing your 10 favourites from the past… Continue reading Your Top 10 Posts from the Past 200! (200th Post – Milestone Achieved!)

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The Importance of Self-Care For Writers

We are all too aware of how tough times are right now, and self-care has never been more important. Not just for writers, of course, but for everybody. However, this is a writing blog, and so it is the importance of self-care for writers I am focusing on here today. Discussing burnout, relaxing, and getting… Continue reading The Importance of Self-Care For Writers

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Character clothing; fashion tips for writers

When creating characters, appearance is just one aspect to consider. And within appearance there are numerous ways to describe your characters. One of which is their clothing and fashion sense. It can tell a lot about a person, so take a look at the tips below. Only mention clothing if relevantAs with most aspects of… Continue reading Character clothing; fashion tips for writers

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Novel writing: tips for faster first drafts

First drafts are an emotional rollercoaster. They include your deepest, rawest thoughts and feelings, they fill you with excitement, they make you mad and stress you out. And, of course, they are the birth of novels, the starting block of your story. Getting through the first draft fast is the best way to get your… Continue reading Novel writing: tips for faster first drafts

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Reasons to try your hand at writing for children

When it comes to writing, you're likely to find your preferred genre, and find yourself writing for a certain audience. Of course, genre is a fairly loose term and there are sub-categories within each one, but let's strip it right back. For example, I predominantly write thrillers. But there's a lot to learn and enjoy… Continue reading Reasons to try your hand at writing for children

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6 things writers need to consider when writing character emotions

Emotion. It's the heart of any story, fiction or otherwise. Stories trigger emotions in their readers; joy, fear, excitement, sadness, nostalgia....Likely, the reader's emotions will be a reflection of the emotions displayed in the book. As such, writing our characters, making them believable, relatable and real, means getting to the heart of their feelings. That… Continue reading 6 things writers need to consider when writing character emotions

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Don’t lose your novel! 5 ways to backup your writing

Writing a novel is a huge deal. It is tough and exciting, long and rewarding, emotional and powerful. Those words you produce, those characters you breathe life into, those worlds you create, are more valuable than gold. And nothing could be more heartbreaking than losing it all. So, while it may sound like simple advice,… Continue reading Don’t lose your novel! 5 ways to backup your writing

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3 things your book needs to be before you send it to an agent (and 1 it doesn’t!)

I've spoken quite a lot about the submission process on the blog. It's a terrifying and exciting part of the writing journey. Deciding your novel is ready to send out to agents isn't easy. You'll always doubt yourself. That's why I'm sharing three things your novel needs to be before you submit, and one it… Continue reading 3 things your book needs to be before you send it to an agent (and 1 it doesn’t!)

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5 things you need to know about your characters before you write your novel

Creating characters is one of the most exciting parts of novel writing. Getting to know your heroes, your villains, your story's main players is a lot of fun. You'll learn more about them as you write, at that exploration is the best way to understand them completely. But before you start writing, there are five… Continue reading 5 things you need to know about your characters before you write your novel

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Five must-try methods for beating writer’s block

Writer's block. We've all been there. Be it due to a lack of inspiration, motivation or too much procrastination. It slows us down, makes us feel guilty, and halts our progress. Luckily, there's a number of ways to beat it. Take a look... Read After writing, reading is what we do best. Not only is… Continue reading Five must-try methods for beating writer’s block

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5 Ways A Timeline Helps You Write Your Novel

Some writers are plotters. Others are pantsers. There's no right way to do it. There are pros and cons to plotting, and it's up to you to decide what works best. Personally, I'm a plotter. Typically, my plotting consists of a basic outline and little else. It worked for two novels. But on my third,… Continue reading 5 Ways A Timeline Helps You Write Your Novel

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The Do’s and Dont’s of Writing What You Know

It's one of the most common pieces of writing advice. Write what you know. But what does it mean? That you can only write about crime if you're a police officer (or a criminal?!)? That you can only write about falling in love with a stranger in Paris if you've been there, done that and bought the… Continue reading The Do’s and Dont’s of Writing What You Know

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5 Reasons To Get Involved In The Writing Community

The writing community is a vast and vibrant place. Thanks to the internet, we can connect with people all over the world, and where better for a writer than a space filled with other writers? Be it through blogging or social media, here are five reasons to get involved. To be inspired When I got… Continue reading 5 Reasons To Get Involved In The Writing Community

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4 reasons to carve out designated writing time

Writing required commitment, but it's not always easy to find time in ourbusy lives. Yet, if it's something we want to pursue, it's something we have to do. Recently, alongside fitting writing in whenever I can, I've set aside designated writing time. Two hours on a Sunday, when I shut off from the world and… Continue reading 4 reasons to carve out designated writing time

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Novel Writing: What To Do If You Miss Your Deadline

Deadlines are two things; fantastic and terrifying. Deadlines are important in writingas they keep you on track, help you form habit, and lead to productivity. But it's also important not to let those deadlines make you miserable, take the fun out of writing, or stress you out. I'll be the first to admit, I don't… Continue reading Novel Writing: What To Do If You Miss Your Deadline

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Writer’s block? Relax! Do something else.

Writer's block is a somewhat contentious concept. Some believe it is a real hurdle in the writing journey, others might say it is simply procrastination. I guess, as with many elements of writing, there is not right or wrong answer. Each writer is different. Personally, I think it's a thing. A block in the mind,… Continue reading Writer’s block? Relax! Do something else.

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Two Writing Projects at Once – The Pros and Cons (revisited)

This is a bit of a throwback today. I originally posted this almost exactly 3 years ago to the day. How strange that I should be in the exact same predicament 3 years on! In a nutshell, I am torn between two novel ideas right now, both of which are compelling to me for different… Continue reading Two Writing Projects at Once – The Pros and Cons (revisited)

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5 Quotes To Spur You On While Editing Your Novel

Editing is an essential part of the journey for any writer. It's the stage I'm at with my work in progress, and so has been a bit of a theme on the blog recently. I've discussed questions you should ask yourself while editing, as well as sharing my step-by-step editing method. It's not always easy… Continue reading 5 Quotes To Spur You On While Editing Your Novel

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Editing a Scene/Chapter: Step by Step

Editing a novel is a bit like building a house. Brick by brick, bit by bit, word by word. There are so many methods, and different ways to do it. For me, I do it chapter by chapter, focusing on one at a time. This is the method that I use, I hope it can… Continue reading Editing a Scene/Chapter: Step by Step

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How To Use Mood Boards To Inspire You While Writing Your Novel

Mood boards are brilliant. There's something so pleasing about the aesthetic of it. And more importantly, mood boards can be a really useful tool to inspire you, and motivate you, while writing your novel. Here are just four ways to use them: Character Mood Boards Character mood boards are great fun to make. They enable… Continue reading How To Use Mood Boards To Inspire You While Writing Your Novel

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5 things I learned finishing a story I almost gave up on

The book I'm working on now has tried and tested me. I only just made my way through the stubborn first draft, and am now trying to put together its fractured pieces. But before the draft was finished, I considered giving up a number of times. These are some of the things I learned through… Continue reading 5 things I learned finishing a story I almost gave up on

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Questions to ask yourself while editing a chapter/scene

Editing is such an important part of the novel writing process. And each chapter or scene needs to be treated with care, examined closely, and made to shine off the page. And to do so, there are some questions you need to ask yourself. Take a look... Is there a sense of place? There's nothing… Continue reading Questions to ask yourself while editing a chapter/scene

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5 writing quotes to inspire and encourage you

I love a great quote. I always have. Quotes from books and movies, quotes from inspirational people...anything! I think most writers feel the same. We have a love of words, and little brings us more joy than seeing words arranged into such a sentence that moves you. Of course, quotes about writing resonate on a… Continue reading 5 writing quotes to inspire and encourage you

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4 Ways Writing Helps You Relax

Life can be stressful, perhaps now more than ever. I'm in full encouragement of people practising self-care and doing all they can to relax. Writing is my very favourite distraction from the world, so I just had to share those 4 wonderful ways writing can help you to relax. Writing is an escape from reality… Continue reading 4 Ways Writing Helps You Relax

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Lock-down tips for writers who prefer to write away from home

We are living in crazy times! And for many people in many parts of the world, that means lock-down. I'm lucky to be in the 'key-worker' category, which means my routine is mostly unaffected. But one thing I do miss, is going out to write. In libraries and coffee shops and train stations.... If you're… Continue reading Lock-down tips for writers who prefer to write away from home

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How helpful are books on writing?

There are loads of books out there on the subject of writing. Famously there is the memoir by Stephen King aptly named On Writing. But amongst all the How-To-Write-A-Novel's and How-To-Get-Published's out there, how helpful actually are these books? For a long time I didn't read books on writing. I worried that I'd find them too rigid, too… Continue reading How helpful are books on writing?

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How to Handle a Stubborn First Draft

Writing isn't easy. My current work in progress is being really stubborn. By that, I mean it's taking a long time to write, and constantly filling me with doubt. Recently, however, I've started making some progress. So I thought I'd share some of the things I've learned that are helping to keep me on track.… Continue reading How to Handle a Stubborn First Draft

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Interview with author K.M. Allan

Earlier this year, author K.M. Allan released her debut novel into the world. Blackbirch: The Beginning, a mystery packed young adult story, with terrifying twists along the way. As a huge fan of the author and her work, I quickly pounced on the opportunity the interview her, to find out more about Blackbirch, and the exciting series… Continue reading Interview with author K.M. Allan

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Reader, I married him (and the impact this has on my writing)

To quote Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, Reader, I married him. I've been absent in the online writing community for a few weeks while I focused on my wedding and my honeymoon. Thank you all for still being here now I'm back, I can't wait to catch up with you and hear how your writing journeys… Continue reading Reader, I married him (and the impact this has on my writing)

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How to know when you’re ready to send your novel to an agent

Sending your novel to an agent/publisher is a big decision. And as writers are often self-critical it can be hard to take the plunge. But if you are thinking of sending yours out, here are some things to consider first. It's finished (with editing!) It sounds silly, but it's not uncommon for people to send… Continue reading How to know when you’re ready to send your novel to an agent

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3 things to take from the rejection of your novel

Earlier this year I had a full request on my manuscript. It was followed a few weeks later by rejection. Honestly? It hurt like hell. Rejection hurts, and there's nothing wrong with allowing yourself to feel it. But it's important to take more from it than that. After some reflection, these are the things I've… Continue reading 3 things to take from the rejection of your novel

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5 ways to make writing a habit

There's no doubt that amazing things happen when you make writing a habit. But how do you get to that point? With all the things that can get in the way of writing, particularly when life is busy, it's not easy. Here's some tips to get you started. Write at the same time each day… Continue reading 5 ways to make writing a habit

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The pros and cons of having multiple narrators

I'm yet to write a novel that features only one POV narrator. I've written short stories with only one consistent POV character, but when it comes to writing longer stories, I always end up with at least two. I've been thinking a lot recently about the pros and cons of books with multiple narrators, so… Continue reading The pros and cons of having multiple narrators

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5 amazing writing blogs you should check out

Morning writers. I love WordPress! It is full of amazing writers, sharing their experiences, tips, and words. It felt appropriate to share 5 awesome posts I've read recently, that I think all writers should check out - be sure to give them a follow too! Character Motivation: Tips And Tricks by K.M. Allan How to Hook… Continue reading 5 amazing writing blogs you should check out

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Interview with Writing Coach Madeline Bartson

This week on the blog, I have the pleasure of interviewing writer and writing coach Madeline Bartson. Her new 1:1 coaching programme, The Story Soul Intensive, is now live, and can be accessed here. In this interview, Madeline introduces herself, the programme, and gives advice for new writers. Let's begin with an introduction. Tell us… Continue reading Interview with Writing Coach Madeline Bartson