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How to write a 300 word synopsis

Writing a synopsis is the enemy for many writers. It's so tough to summaries your novel into a 1,000 words, or one page. What's even harder, is when an agency/publisher asks for a super teeny tiny synopsis of 300 words. But this does happen. I once shared a step-by-step guide to writing a synopsis, but… Continue reading How to write a 300 word synopsis

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What’s Happening? How to be sure each chapter is moving your story forward

When it comes to novel writing, each scene is about moving the plot. Every chapter should play its part in keeping the story moving; be it through action, character progression, revelation, or added suspense/mystery. It can be tempting, when we love our characters, to fill in their backstory, fluffy side plots, or general information and… Continue reading What’s Happening? How to be sure each chapter is moving your story forward

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6 Must Have Resources for Editing Your Novel

Editing is such a vital, and long, stage of the novel writing process. Personally, it's my favourite stage. I love turning my early words and ideas into something stronger. Without a doubt, there are some essentials tools and resources that I use to get me through. Take a look; Research toolsIn the draft stage, it's… Continue reading 6 Must Have Resources for Editing Your Novel

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3 important things writing poetry teaches us about writing novels

April is national poetry month, so it seemed appropriate to write a post about poems. In line with the general theme of my blog, I'm focusing on what writing poetry can teach us about writing novels. Having studied poetry as part of my university course, these are the three important things I found: Creative metaphor… Continue reading 3 important things writing poetry teaches us about writing novels

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The Perfect Time of Day to Write

Previously on the blog, we've spoken about the perfect writing environment. The impossibility of finding that ideal setting to sit down and let your imagination run free. But how about the perfect time of day to write? I've been thinking about this a lot lately, so let's decide shall we...? First thing in the morningSome… Continue reading The Perfect Time of Day to Write

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The Importance of Self-Care For Writers

We are all too aware of how tough times are right now, and self-care has never been more important. Not just for writers, of course, but for everybody. However, this is a writing blog, and so it is the importance of self-care for writers I am focusing on here today. Discussing burnout, relaxing, and getting… Continue reading The Importance of Self-Care For Writers

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Character clothing; fashion tips for writers

When creating characters, appearance is just one aspect to consider. And within appearance there are numerous ways to describe your characters. One of which is their clothing and fashion sense. It can tell a lot about a person, so take a look at the tips below. Only mention clothing if relevantAs with most aspects of… Continue reading Character clothing; fashion tips for writers

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Novel writing: tips for faster first drafts

First drafts are an emotional rollercoaster. They include your deepest, rawest thoughts and feelings, they fill you with excitement, they make you mad and stress you out. And, of course, they are the birth of novels, the starting block of your story. Getting through the first draft fast is the best way to get your… Continue reading Novel writing: tips for faster first drafts

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Your Queries on Querying – Answered! Guest Post for author Susan Shiney

Earlier this week, my guest post Your Queries on querying - Answered! was posted on the website of author Susan Shiney. Be sure to click here to read the post and check out her wonderful blog and website.

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Writing Events – Online vs In Person – Which is Better?

Over the past year, almost everything has moved online. School, job interviews, concerts, even doctor's appointments. It's certainly been inspiring to see the way people and companies have adapted to these times, and there's been so much creativity involved. As someone who used to try and attend writing events regularly, I was eager to sign… Continue reading Writing Events – Online vs In Person – Which is Better?