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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

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3 things to take from the rejection of your novel

Earlier this year I had a full request on my manuscript. It was followed a few weeks later by rejection. Honestly? It hurt like hell. Rejection hurts, and there's nothing wrong with allowing yourself to feel it. But it's important to take more from it than that. After some reflection, these are the things I've… Continue reading 3 things to take from the rejection of your novel

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Unglamorous writing confessions

Being a writer, published or otherwise, is amazing. Writers are world builders, character creators, storytellers, daydreamers! We live in a haze of ideas and inspiration and intrigue. But let's be honest, despite the perfect writing environment non-writers may think we live in, there are plenty of unglamorous times. That's right. It's not all tidy desks… Continue reading Unglamorous writing confessions

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How to Achieve your 2020 Writing Goals

Welcome to 2020 everybody! Here's hoping it is a year of success and happiness for us all. The start of a new year you always comes with a bunch of new resolutions and goals. Which is why I start every year with a post about how to achieve your writing goals - it works for… Continue reading How to Achieve your 2020 Writing Goals

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5 Writing Achievements from 2019

As the year comes to an end, and a whole year of fresh opportunities arises, I am reflecting back on 2019, and the achievements I've made. It's a little self indulgent, but I want this blog to represent my writing journey, so I can look back on it as the years pass. Not only that,… Continue reading 5 Writing Achievements from 2019

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5 Books that made me a better writer

The end of the year is always time for reflection. I've had a rather slow couple of months in terms of writing, but I'm still persisting and am excited for what the new year will bring. As I look back, there are a number of things that have helped me, and continue to help me,… Continue reading 5 Books that made me a better writer

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Questions to ask when choosing an agent

Querying a novel is challenging. It takes a considerable amount of courage, determination, thick skin and, most importantly of all, research. Don't waste your time or disappointment by sending your novel out to agents who aren't in the slightest bit interested in what you're writing. It's so vital to choose agents that are a great… Continue reading Questions to ask when choosing an agent

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How to Find Writing Events Near You

Last week I posted about things you should do at a writing event. So this week, I thought I'd offer some advice on how to find writing events near you, should you want to attend one. Google Of course, this tends to be everyone's first option, and why not? It's probably the quickest and easiest… Continue reading How to Find Writing Events Near You

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Things You Have To Do At A Writing Event

On Friday I attended a writing event in Cardiff. I've been to a couple of events like this now, and have spoken on here before about reasons to attend one. But this time I'd like to discuss the things you must do while at a writing event - to ensure you squeeze the most out… Continue reading Things You Have To Do At A Writing Event

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The Pros and Cons of Prologues

Prologues can be a contentious issue. Everybody has a different opinion on them. I've known of readers who love them, agents who hate them, and everything in between! The last novel I wrote started with a prologue, even though as a reader I'm not a huge fan of them. Sometimes you just have to do… Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Prologues