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Who should you write for first? You, or the market?

It may sound like a simple question, of which most would answer they'd write for themselves first. But subconsciously, if your goal is to publish, you might find yourself bending your story to fit with the market you wish to publish in. This can shape your plot, your characters and even your settings, as your… Continue reading Who should you write for first? You, or the market?

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Ways to create a writing habit, even when every day is unpredictable

Last week, I spoke about how my writing habit had been crushed and re-shaped by the pandemic. And as part of the re-adjustment, I've been thinking of different ways to make a writing habit. The thing is, every day is unpredictable at the moment. And so the typical habit-making behaviour of picking a set time… Continue reading Ways to create a writing habit, even when every day is unpredictable

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How the Pandemic Crushed and Re-built my Writing Habit

What a time. Everywhere you turn there's talk of COVID-19, and the impact it's having on people all over the world. In the huge ways, and the smaller ones. For me, one of the smaller knock-on effects of the pandemic has been the way it crushed my writing habit, and the way it fuelled me… Continue reading How the Pandemic Crushed and Re-built my Writing Habit

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6 Misconceptions about writing a novel

Novel writing is one of those things a lot of people have thought about. They say everybody has a book inside them, so why not you? But before you begin, there are some misconceptions surrounding writing a book, that I'd like to dispel. Have a peek. You have to make a planThere are benefits to… Continue reading 6 Misconceptions about writing a novel

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Back to blogging; How to achieve your 2021 writing goals

Happy New Year, writers! Here's to a year of writing progress and success. I've had a few weeks off from blogging, taking a much needed break. But I enjoy it too much to leave it for good, so I'm back, and talking about ways you can achieve your 2021 writing goals. Take a peek! Carve… Continue reading Back to blogging; How to achieve your 2021 writing goals

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4 reasons I’m taking a break from blogging

Morning, writers. I write from under a blanket, with sleepy eyes. I've decided to take a break from blogging until the end of the year, and although I will miss it a lot, I think it's the best decision for the following reasons. WorkI'm starting a new job in the next couple of weeks. Moving… Continue reading 4 reasons I’m taking a break from blogging

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5 things to do if you’re behind on your word count

This year I'm taking part in NaNoWriMo, and I'm currently VERY behind on my word count. Whether you're taking part or not, it's likely you have set writing deadlines. If you do, and you're behind on your word count, here are five things to do to help. Plan a writing marathonPick a day, and carve… Continue reading 5 things to do if you’re behind on your word count

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5 ways to write characters readers can relate to

There is little more satisfying than reading a book, and feeling a connection with the characters. Being able to relate to people in fiction has a very real impact, and creates a lasting effect. As I continue with my NaNoWriMo project, I'm sharing the five ways I'm writing relatable characters. Be sure to share your… Continue reading 5 ways to write characters readers can relate to

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7 novel plotting quotes to inspire and encourage you

I spent most of last week plotting my new project, which I start writing today as part of NaNoWriMo. Whether you're taking part in National Novel Writing Month or not, here are some of my favourite novel plotting quotes to inspire and encourage you. Get your character in trouble in the first sentence and out… Continue reading 7 novel plotting quotes to inspire and encourage you

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Benefits of taking part in NaNoWriMo

It's that time of year again. November is but a week away, which means it's nearly time for 2020's National Novel Writing Month. I've taken part three times before, in 2015, 2018 and 2019. I've only managed the full 50,000 words once, but each time has been a fantastic experience. You don't, by any means,… Continue reading Benefits of taking part in NaNoWriMo