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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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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

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My writing journey – where I am right now

I don't often write posts that focus entirely on my writing journey. I do try to keep the posts in line with things I'm learning as I'm learning them, but I try to keep the focus broad and relatable. This week though, I've been reflecting a lot, and I thought I'd share the honest truths… Continue reading My writing journey – where I am right now

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Taking A Break From Writing

For the first time in three years I didn't post my weekly blog post...for two weeks in a row in fact. It was certainly an odd feeling, breaking habit. But I have had a lot in, including moving into a new house (only just got internet!) and interviewing for a new job. Still, it's good… Continue reading The Do’s and Don’ts of Taking A Break From Writing

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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