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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 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 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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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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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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How Starting a Blog will Transform your Writing Journey

Morning writers, I hope you're all having a great week. I've spent a fair amount of time chatting to some wonderful writers, and as always my heart swells with love for the online writing community. It got me thinking about this blog, and all it's done for me and my writing journey. And I decided… Continue reading How Starting a Blog will Transform your Writing Journey

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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