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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

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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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5 reasons to follow literary agents on Twitter

Getting an agent is a goal for many writers. And finding the right one is essential. To avoid wasting your time, and theirs, you should only submit to agents who represent your genre and are open to submissions. There are lots of ways you can find out more about agents, to help you make your… Continue reading 5 reasons to follow literary agents on Twitter

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Novel editing: How to fix a boring chapter

I try to keep each weekly blog post relevant to my own writing journey. This week, I struggled through the heart crushing moment of realising one of your chapters is BORING. It's tough to admit. I tried playing it down at first, but eventually I held up my hands. Because if the writer thinks it's… Continue reading Novel editing: How to fix a boring chapter

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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?