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Skills and traits you develop through creative writing, that will help you grow in any career

For a lucky few, writing is a full time job. For others, it's more of a 'side hustle', and for some, simply a hobby. Whatever writing is to you, it is undoubtedly shaping traits and skills that will help you grow, whatever career path you go down. Even if creative writing is only a hobby,… Continue reading Skills and traits you develop through creative writing, that will help you grow in any career

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7 techniques all fiction writers can learn from Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is iconic television - a show of which I was extremely late to get into. I only watched it for the first time a couple of years ago, by which point every episode was out and I was able to binge watch it. I'd assumed, for years, I'd have no interest in it.… Continue reading 7 techniques all fiction writers can learn from Breaking Bad

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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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Your Top 10 Posts from the Past 200! (200th Post – Milestone Achieved!)

Blogging to you this morning, lovely writers, from post number 200! Wow, it feels like quite a milestone, and I can't believe I've had that much to say! I thought it'd be an idea to reflect back on the posts that led to this point, and so I'm re-sharing your 10 favourites from the past… Continue reading Your Top 10 Posts from the Past 200! (200th Post – Milestone Achieved!)

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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