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Novel Writing: What To Do If You Miss Your Deadline

Deadlines are two things; fantastic and terrifying. Deadlines are important in writingas they keep you on track, help you form habit, and lead to productivity. But it's also important not to let those deadlines make you miserable, take the fun out of writing, or stress you out. I'll be the first to admit, I don't… Continue reading Novel Writing: What To Do If You Miss Your Deadline

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Two Writing Projects at Once – The Pros and Cons (revisited)

This is a bit of a throwback today. I originally posted this almost exactly 3 years ago to the day. How strange that I should be in the exact same predicament 3 years on! In a nutshell, I am torn between two novel ideas right now, both of which are compelling to me for different… Continue reading Two Writing Projects at Once – The Pros and Cons (revisited)

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Editing a Scene/Chapter: Step by Step

Editing a novel is a bit like building a house. Brick by brick, bit by bit, word by word. There are so many methods, and different ways to do it. For me, I do it chapter by chapter, focusing on one at a time. This is the method that I use, I hope it can… Continue reading Editing a Scene/Chapter: Step by Step

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5 things I learned finishing a story I almost gave up on

The book I'm working on now has tried and tested me. I only just made my way through the stubborn first draft, and am now trying to put together its fractured pieces. But before the draft was finished, I considered giving up a number of times. These are some of the things I learned through… Continue reading 5 things I learned finishing a story I almost gave up on

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Questions to ask yourself while editing a chapter/scene

Editing is such an important part of the novel writing process. And each chapter or scene needs to be treated with care, examined closely, and made to shine off the page. And to do so, there are some questions you need to ask yourself. Take a look... Is there a sense of place? There's nothing… Continue reading Questions to ask yourself while editing a chapter/scene

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How to Fix a Fractured First Draft

Writing a novel comes in stages, first drafts to seconds drafts to third drafts, and on it goes. The first draft is always a challenge, and often a mess. So if your first draft is fractured or all over the place, here's some tips to fix it. Create a timeline A timeline is a great way… Continue reading How to Fix a Fractured First Draft

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5 writing quotes to inspire and encourage you

I love a great quote. I always have. Quotes from books and movies, quotes from inspirational people...anything! I think most writers feel the same. We have a love of words, and little brings us more joy than seeing words arranged into such a sentence that moves you. Of course, quotes about writing resonate on a… Continue reading 5 writing quotes to inspire and encourage you

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How helpful are books on writing?

There are loads of books out there on the subject of writing. Famously there is the memoir by Stephen King aptly named On Writing. But amongst all the How-To-Write-A-Novel's and How-To-Get-Published's out there, how helpful actually are these books? For a long time I didn't read books on writing. I worried that I'd find them too rigid, too… Continue reading How helpful are books on writing?

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Interview with author K.M. Allan

Earlier this year, author K.M. Allan released her debut novel into the world. Blackbirch: The Beginning, a mystery packed young adult story, with terrifying twists along the way. As a huge fan of the author and her work, I quickly pounded on the opportunity the interview her, to find out more about Blackbirch, and the exciting series… Continue reading Interview with author K.M. Allan

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How to know when you’re ready to send your novel to an agent

Sending your novel to an agent/publisher is a big decision. And as writers are often self-critical it can be hard to take the plunge. But if you are thinking of sending yours out, here are some things to consider first. It's finished (with editing!) It sounds silly, but it's not uncommon for people to send… Continue reading How to know when you’re ready to send your novel to an agent