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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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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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Who should you write for first? You, or the market?

It may sound like a simple question, of which most would answer they'd write for themselves first. But subconsciously, if your goal is to publish, you might find yourself bending your story to fit with the market you wish to publish in. This can shape your plot, your characters and even your settings, as your… Continue reading Who should you write for first? You, or the market?

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Ways to create a writing habit, even when every day is unpredictable

Last week, I spoke about how my writing habit had been crushed and re-shaped by the pandemic. And as part of the re-adjustment, I've been thinking of different ways to make a writing habit. The thing is, every day is unpredictable at the moment. And so the typical habit-making behaviour of picking a set time… Continue reading Ways to create a writing habit, even when every day is unpredictable

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How the Pandemic Crushed and Re-built my Writing Habit

What a time. Everywhere you turn there's talk of COVID-19, and the impact it's having on people all over the world. In the huge ways, and the smaller ones. For me, one of the smaller knock-on effects of the pandemic has been the way it crushed my writing habit, and the way it fuelled me… Continue reading How the Pandemic Crushed and Re-built my Writing Habit

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Back to blogging; How to achieve your 2021 writing goals

Happy New Year, writers! Here's to a year of writing progress and success. I've had a few weeks off from blogging, taking a much needed break. But I enjoy it too much to leave it for good, so I'm back, and talking about ways you can achieve your 2021 writing goals. Take a peek! Carve… Continue reading Back to blogging; How to achieve your 2021 writing goals

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5 ways to write characters readers can relate to

There is little more satisfying than reading a book, and feeling a connection with the characters. Being able to relate to people in fiction has a very real impact, and creates a lasting effect. As I continue with my NaNoWriMo project, I'm sharing the five ways I'm writing relatable characters. Be sure to share your… Continue reading 5 ways to write characters readers can relate to

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Benefits of taking part in NaNoWriMo

It's that time of year again. November is but a week away, which means it's nearly time for 2020's National Novel Writing Month. I've taken part three times before, in 2015, 2018 and 2019. I've only managed the full 50,000 words once, but each time has been a fantastic experience. You don't, by any means,… Continue reading Benefits of taking part in NaNoWriMo

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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