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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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Writer Worries and How to Beat Them

Writing can be tough and it's not uncommon for writers to doubt themselves and doubt their manuscripts, whether they're published or not. In this post I'm addressing some of the worries we face, and how to beat them when they get you down. 1. What if my writing is rubbish? All artists find fault with… Continue reading Writer Worries and How to Beat Them

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5 Tips For Writing the First Draft

It's been an exciting week for writing! Perhaps the most exciting one of all... ...a huge factor for this was that I finished the first draft of my second novel; Vanishing Act. It's a VERY rough first draft, that needs not only editing but re-writing. But it's a first draft none the less. When I… Continue reading 5 Tips For Writing the First Draft

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The Pros and Cons of Plotting

Good morning writers, hope you've had a wonderful week. My writing has been going well. I am on track with NaNoWriMo, and I think it's because I plotted my story this time. It's worked really well for me, although I know it's not for everybody. That's why I thought that this week I'd speak about… Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Plotting

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Using Freewriting to Beat Writer’s Block

Good morning wonderful writers, I hope you've had a great week. Mine has been exhausting. I started my new job, and it's extremely full on and quite a large step out of my comfort zone. I am really enjoying it though! While I get used to my new routine (which includes a four hour round… Continue reading Using Freewriting to Beat Writer’s Block

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Novel Writing: What If It’s Boring?

Good morning, amazing writing community. I hope you're all well. I wanted to take today to share one of my biggest writing fears. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this. What if my novel is boring? When you spend so much time with the story, it can be hard to tell. And… Continue reading Novel Writing: What If It’s Boring?

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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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Finding Inspiration in Summer

Good morning storytellers and sun seekers! I hope you've all had a brilliant week. I've been thinking about how long it's been since I added to the 'Finding Inspiration...' series, and what with summer in full swing this seemed like an appropriate theme. There are loads of ways to find inspiration in summer, so I… Continue reading Finding Inspiration in Summer

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3 Reasons to Take a Break from Writing

Morning storytellers and life changers! I hope you are all a great week. I'm away at the moment, visiting a friend, so I'm keeping it short and sweet today on the blog. I want to talk about the importance of taking a break. As writer's we are told to make writing a habit, to write… Continue reading 3 Reasons to Take a Break from Writing

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Writers: Don’t Edit Away Your Voice

Good morning wonderful writers, I hope you've all had a great week. This week I finished another set of edits, which I think puts me on draft...7? 8? I've lost count! Since I finished my first draft almost a year ago, it has been not stop edits. It's safe to say my story is a… Continue reading Writers: Don’t Edit Away Your Voice