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Things to remember when writing a first draft

Writers often have an odd relationship with the first draft. It's that mixture between excitement and fear, motivation and doubt. It's easy to pile on the pressure, putting ourselves under a certain level of strain and expectation. That's why I wanted to share this things to remember while you're writing a first draft. The writing… Continue reading Things to remember when writing a first draft

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How to Stay Motivated During Edits

Edits. Edits. Edit. Editing a novel is a long process, and it can be all too easy to become disengaged. Maybe a new exciting idea has formed, and you want to work on that, instead of the novel you've read through already 100s of times. But you have to stay loyal to your work in progress. Finishing… Continue reading How to Stay Motivated During Edits

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The Perfect Writing Environment

Recently, I've been craving particular writing environments. A book shop in Edinburgh, a cute tearoom in a historic village, a bench by the sea... It's so easy to think of these places as the perfect writing environment, and sometimes I even find myself thinking I'll wait to write until I'm there, so that I have… Continue reading The Perfect Writing Environment

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Things You Notice When You Print Out Your Novel

This week I printed out 'Novel 2' for the first time. It took me right back to early last year, when I printed out 'Novel 1' for the first time. I posted a blog back then sharing reasons to print your work in progress. This time I'd like to focus not so much on the… Continue reading Things You Notice When You Print Out Your Novel

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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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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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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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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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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