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Using Internet Resources to Add Depth to the Scenes in your Novel

Writing is all about imagination, and as writers it's amazing what we can build out of a small, initial idea. And readers are imaginative too, which is why the whole process of reading/writing is so enjoyable. However, it's still important to provide realistic descriptions, to help immerse the reader in the moment. I've spoken before… Continue reading Using Internet Resources to Add Depth to the Scenes in your Novel

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What Short Stories Can Teach You About Novel Writing

This year for uni I've been writing a lot of short stories. It's been a bit of a shock to the system, and is something I still need to practice to get right. Ever since I was young I've always written long stories, enjoying building the world or setting up character arcs. I've been in… Continue reading What Short Stories Can Teach You About Novel Writing

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Using Setting to Develop Characters

I've been reading a lot recently about setting and how important it is to a story. I've spoken before about finding the perfect setting for your novel, and the impact it can have on the plot. But the main topic I've been focusing on recently is how writers can use setting to develop their characters.… Continue reading Using Setting to Develop Characters

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3 Things That Should Be In Your Writer’s Notebook

Good morning day dreamers and world changers, I hope you're all well and having a great week. This morning, I'd like to talk about those oh-so-precious writer's notebooks that we all own. (If you're anything like me you own too many!) What do you use yours for? Until recently I've used mine for quips of… Continue reading 3 Things That Should Be In Your Writer’s Notebook

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How to Achieve NaNoWriMo Success – Even If You’re Really Busy

Good morning day dreamers, I hope you've all had an inspiring week! The end of another week means another step closer to November, and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). For anyone who doesn't know, NaNoWriMo is your chance to write 50,000 words in a month, giving you a strong head start on a novel/new project.… Continue reading How to Achieve NaNoWriMo Success – Even If You’re Really Busy

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Turning an Idea into a Plot

Good morning writers, I hope you've had a great week. I took a little time out this week, and took myself to Edinburgh for a few days. It's an amazing city, and my aim was to spend some time alone, plotting novel 2 ahead of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Whether you're planning to take… Continue reading Turning an Idea into a Plot

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Creating Characters: The Importance of Motives

Good morning, character creators and world builders, I hope you've had a wonderful week. While my novel is in the submission stage, I have been plotting novel 2. I am loving this early stage of getting to know my characters and discovering my plot. It got me thinking a lot about the importance of character… Continue reading Creating Characters: The Importance of Motives

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Ways to Reuse your Characters

Good morning creators of worlds! I hope you've all had a great week. Mine has been typically full of non-creative pursuits, but all things that needed doing. I'm hoping to kick start September with a bit more productivity! I hope it's going to be a great month for you all too. What're your goals? I… Continue reading Ways to Reuse your Characters

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World Building: Creating Maps

Good morning star gazers and explorers. I hope you've had a good week. This week I was feeling a little downhearted at times, so I took a look back at some of my old writing. It's helpful to see how far I've come at times like this. As I looked back, I found an old… Continue reading World Building: Creating Maps