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Ways to Remain Loyal to your Novel, When Inspiration Strikes

Writers find ideas everywhere. They pop up seemingly out of nowhere, and you can often find yourself brimming with inspiration. When this happens, it can be hard to focus on your work in progress. It's so easy to become gripped by the excitement of a new idea. As such, I'd like to share someways to… Continue reading Ways to Remain Loyal to your Novel, When Inspiration Strikes

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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

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Reasons To Go Out To Write

Most writers experience procrastination. It's so easy to get caught up in all the other things you need/want to do, which leads to putting writing to the side. However, I've found that a great way to stop that from happening is to go out and write instead. Here's why; No home distractions Yesterday I tidied… Continue reading Reasons To Go Out To Write

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Reasons to Love Editing Your Novel

Many writers have a love/hate relationship with editing. My favourite writing quote, and one I refer to often: “I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” - Shannon Hale I love the idea of shovelling your words onto a page… Continue reading Reasons to Love Editing Your Novel

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Writing The Ending

The End. All stories work towards those two words, whether they are physically written to mark your success at a finished draft, or simply sung aloud in your mind. But writing an ending can be a really tricky task, with a huge pressure to get it right. If you're writing a book and thinking about… Continue reading Writing The Ending

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Key Publishing Lessons from a Writing Event

Last week I attended a writing event and shared key writing lessons on this blog. As promised, this week I'm focusing on the publishing lessons, which formed a huge portion of the day. This insight was delivered by author Sarah Juckes and agents Hannah Ferguson, Imogen Pelham and Sandra Sawicka. I hope you find it… Continue reading Key Publishing Lessons from a Writing Event

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Key Writing Lessons from a Writing Event

Yesterday, I attended an incredible writing event hosted by Jericho Writers. It was a fantastic day, with talks from amazing writers, authors and agents. I just need to state that I would 100% attend one of their events again, and recommend them to other writers hoping to gain huge insight into writing, getting an agent… Continue reading Key Writing Lessons from a Writing Event

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Using Setting to Develop Characters

I've been reading a lot recently about setting and how important it is to a story. I've spoken before about finding the perfect setting for your novel, and the impact it can have on the plot. But the main topic I've been focusing on recently is how writers can use setting to develop their characters.… Continue reading Using Setting to Develop Characters

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5 Ways To Find Out More About Agents

Querying agents is daunting, exciting, difficult, wonderful...there are so many ways to feel during the process. Each submission is different (or at least it should be), because each agent is different. One thing that should be consistent is your research. You're looking for the best person to represent your novel, all your hard work. It's… Continue reading 5 Ways To Find Out More About Agents

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Writing: Ways to Learn the Craft

Writing is a skill, and like all skills it cane be learned and honed. Some people have a natural talent and flare for certain things, others have to try a little harder. Wherever you stand, if you love writing you should write. And if you'd like to improve and grow there are plenty of ways… Continue reading Writing: Ways to Learn the Craft

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The Things You Realise When Writing Your Second Novel

Writing is a journey, and each project you work on is its own adventure. Deciding to write a novel is a huge choice, and when done it's a huge accomplishment. You learn so much...and before you know it, it's over and it's time to write another one. These are some of the things I realised… Continue reading The Things You Realise When Writing Your Second Novel

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5 Things To Do When You’re Doubting Your Manuscript

Good morning world-builders and inspiration seekers! I hope you've had a great week. I've come from a week of writer's doubt myself, and I'm sure you all know that crushing feeling. All those questions; what if I'm not good enough? Is this all a bunch of rubbish? What the hell am I doing?! So I thought… Continue reading 5 Things To Do When You’re Doubting Your Manuscript

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10 Things to do When Your Novel has Been Rejected by an Agent

Morning all, I hope your week has been full of success and happiness. I'm querying at the moment, which means I am receiving rejections in interludes, from agents I've submitted to. It's such an odd experience, and I wanted to share some tips of how to handle your novel being rejected. 1. Allow yourself to… Continue reading 10 Things to do When Your Novel has Been Rejected by an Agent

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Synopsis Writing: A Step By Step Method

Morning writers, I hope you've had a lovely week. A couple of weeks ago I started writing a synopsis based on the early draft of my second novel. Like many writers, I find synopsis writing tedious, difficult and frustrating. However, they are a necessary evil, published or unpublished. The method I ended up using this… Continue reading Synopsis Writing: A Step By Step Method

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How to Achieve your 2019 Writing Goals

Happy New Year, writers! We're almost a week into the New Year, and I know that everybody has been setting amazing goals, ahead of a fantastic year of writing, editing and hopefully publishing! I wrote a post last year, on how to achieve your 2018 writing goals, so it seemed only right to offer some… Continue reading How to Achieve your 2019 Writing Goals

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7 Writing Achievements from 2018

Morning all. It's that time again, the brink of a new year. Last year, I posted a similar post, highlighting my writing achievements from 2017. It may a bit out of my usual blogs, which aim to share tips and inspiration, however I've said before that I also want this blog to be a record… Continue reading 7 Writing Achievements from 2018

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5 Tips For Writing the First Draft

It's been an exciting week for writing! Perhaps the most exciting one of all... ...a huge factor for this was that I finished the first draft of my second novel; Vanishing Act. It's a VERY rough first draft, that needs not only editing but re-writing. But it's a first draft none the less. When I… Continue reading 5 Tips For Writing the First Draft

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5 Useful Things To Do While You’re Waiting to Hear Back From Agents

Morning writers, I hope you've had a lovely week! It's been a busy one here, and set to get busier, but nothing will ever stop me finding the time on a Sunday morning to blog. I submitted my first novel to agents in September. And it's a long old wait for rejections and feedback. It's… Continue reading 5 Useful Things To Do While You’re Waiting to Hear Back From Agents

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3 (More) ‘Must-Have’ Books for Writers

Good morning wonderful writers. December is upon us! I hope it is a great month for you all. Around this time last year I shared a list of three 'must-have' books for writers. And this year, with Christmas looming on the horizon, it seemed  a good time to share three more! Take a peek: 1.… Continue reading 3 (More) ‘Must-Have’ Books for Writers

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5 Ways To Portray Your Characters

Morning writers! I hope you've all had a good week. As my first draft for novel 2 plods along, I am realising that I need to do more work on portraying my characters. My revisions, re-writes and edits will focus heavily on the characters and how they are portrayed to the reader. So, I've already… Continue reading 5 Ways To Portray Your Characters

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The Pros and Cons of Plotting

Good morning writers, hope you've had a wonderful week. My writing has been going well. I am on track with NaNoWriMo, and I think it's because I plotted my story this time. It's worked really well for me, although I know it's not for everybody. That's why I thought that this week I'd speak about… Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Plotting

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3 Things That Should Be In Your Writer’s Notebook

Good morning day dreamers and world changers, I hope you're all well and having a great week. This morning, I'd like to talk about those oh-so-precious writer's notebooks that we all own. (If you're anything like me you own too many!) What do you use yours for? Until recently I've used mine for quips of… Continue reading 3 Things That Should Be In Your Writer’s Notebook

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3 Positive Effects of Writing Fiction

Good morning wondrous writers and wandering world builders, I hope you've all had a great week. I had a very different blog post in the plans for this week, but I've had to change it. I always promised that this blog would offer advice and insight, while staying true and relevant to the current stage of… Continue reading 3 Positive Effects of Writing Fiction

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Using Freewriting to Beat Writer’s Block

Good morning wonderful writers, I hope you've had a great week. Mine has been exhausting. I started my new job, and it's extremely full on and quite a large step out of my comfort zone. I am really enjoying it though! While I get used to my new routine (which includes a four hour round… Continue reading Using Freewriting to Beat Writer’s Block

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Naming Your Novel: Finding the Perfect Title

Good morning creatives, I hope you've all had a great week. I have been messing around a little with some mock book covers for my NaNoWriMo project. It got me thinking about titles. Do you find that titles are either blissfully easy or impossibly difficult? Sometimes, the title of a project just comes to me...just… Continue reading Naming Your Novel: Finding the Perfect Title

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How to Achieve NaNoWriMo Success – Even If You’re Really Busy

Good morning day dreamers, I hope you've all had an inspiring week! The end of another week means another step closer to November, and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). For anyone who doesn't know, NaNoWriMo is your chance to write 50,000 words in a month, giving you a strong head start on a novel/new project.… Continue reading How to Achieve NaNoWriMo Success – Even If You’re Really Busy

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Turning an Idea into a Plot

Good morning writers, I hope you've had a great week. I took a little time out this week, and took myself to Edinburgh for a few days. It's an amazing city, and my aim was to spend some time alone, plotting novel 2 ahead of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Whether you're planning to take… Continue reading Turning an Idea into a Plot

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Creating Characters: The Importance of Motives

Good morning, character creators and world builders, I hope you've had a wonderful week. While my novel is in the submission stage, I have been plotting novel 2. I am loving this early stage of getting to know my characters and discovering my plot. It got me thinking a lot about the importance of character… Continue reading Creating Characters: The Importance of Motives

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Advice On Submitting to Agents

Morning world builders, I hope you've all had a great week. Last Sunday I sent of my first ever submissions. I sent my carefully crafted work out into the world, and now I am up against the long wait for inevitable rejections and potential feedback. It's taken a long time to reach this point and… Continue reading Advice On Submitting to Agents

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Novel Writing: What If It’s Boring?

Good morning, amazing writing community. I hope you're all well. I wanted to take today to share one of my biggest writing fears. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this. What if my novel is boring? When you spend so much time with the story, it can be hard to tell. And… Continue reading Novel Writing: What If It’s Boring?

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5 Reasons to Attend a Writing Event

Good morning writers, wanderers and world builders, I hope you've all had a brilliant week. Yesterday, I attended my first ever writing event. It was hosted by the Writers & Artists, and included workshops, a keynote talk from a wonderful author (Rachel Joyce), and panel discussions with publishers and agents. I've never attended anything quite like… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Attend a Writing Event

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Ways to Reuse your Characters

Good morning creators of worlds! I hope you've all had a great week. Mine has been typically full of non-creative pursuits, but all things that needed doing. I'm hoping to kick start September with a bit more productivity! I hope it's going to be a great month for you all too. What're your goals? I… Continue reading Ways to Reuse your Characters

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Novel Editing Mistakes to Avoid

Good morning, superstars. I hope you've all had a brilliant week. For me, it's been another week of editing. Does it ever end? With editing on the brain it seemed only appropriate for this weeks blog post to focus on editing. And so I've made a list of novel editing mistakes to avoid. Take a… Continue reading Novel Editing Mistakes to Avoid

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Finding Inspiration in Summer

Good morning storytellers and sun seekers! I hope you've all had a brilliant week. I've been thinking about how long it's been since I added to the 'Finding Inspiration...' series, and what with summer in full swing this seemed like an appropriate theme. There are loads of ways to find inspiration in summer, so I… Continue reading Finding Inspiration in Summer

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3 Reasons to Take a Break from Writing

Morning storytellers and life changers! I hope you are all a great week. I'm away at the moment, visiting a friend, so I'm keeping it short and sweet today on the blog. I want to talk about the importance of taking a break. As writer's we are told to make writing a habit, to write… Continue reading 3 Reasons to Take a Break from Writing

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Writers: Don’t Edit Away Your Voice

Good morning wonderful writers, I hope you've all had a great week. This week I finished another set of edits, which I think puts me on draft...7? 8? I've lost count! Since I finished my first draft almost a year ago, it has been not stop edits. It's safe to say my story is a… Continue reading Writers: Don’t Edit Away Your Voice

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Novel Writing: What if it’s all for Nothing?

Good morning, creatives and creators. I hope you've all had a good week. Mine started slow and has ended better! In the earlier stages of the week I was having some bad writing days, and some major writer's doubt. But I've tried to be kind to myself, to relax and give myself a break. As… Continue reading Novel Writing: What if it’s all for Nothing?

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World Building: Creating Maps

Good morning star gazers and explorers. I hope you've had a good week. This week I was feeling a little downhearted at times, so I took a look back at some of my old writing. It's helpful to see how far I've come at times like this. As I looked back, I found an old… Continue reading World Building: Creating Maps

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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