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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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Reasons to Love Editing Your Novel

Many writers have a love/hate relationship with editing. My favourite writing quote, and one I refer to often: “I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” - Shannon Hale I love the idea of shovelling your words onto a page… Continue reading Reasons to Love Editing Your Novel

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Writing The Ending

The End. All stories work towards those two words, whether they are physically written to mark your success at a finished draft, or simply sung aloud in your mind. But writing an ending can be a really tricky task, with a huge pressure to get it right. If you're writing a book and thinking about… Continue reading Writing The Ending

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Key Writing Lessons from a Writing Event

Yesterday, I attended an incredible writing event hosted by Jericho Writers. It was a fantastic day, with talks from amazing writers, authors and agents. I just need to state that I would 100% attend one of their events again, and recommend them to other writers hoping to gain huge insight into writing, getting an agent… Continue reading Key Writing Lessons from a Writing Event

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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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Writing: Ways to Learn the Craft

Writing is a skill, and like all skills it cane be learned and honed. Some people have a natural talent and flare for certain things, others have to try a little harder. Wherever you stand, if you love writing you should write. And if you'd like to improve and grow there are plenty of ways… Continue reading Writing: Ways to Learn the Craft

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The Things You Realise When Writing Your Second Novel

Writing is a journey, and each project you work on is its own adventure. Deciding to write a novel is a huge choice, and when done it's a huge accomplishment. You learn so much...and before you know it, it's over and it's time to write another one. These are some of the things I realised… Continue reading The Things You Realise When Writing Your Second Novel

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10 Things to do When Your Novel has Been Rejected by an Agent

Morning all, I hope your week has been full of success and happiness. I'm querying at the moment, which means I am receiving rejections in interludes, from agents I've submitted to. It's such an odd experience, and I wanted to share some tips of how to handle your novel being rejected. 1. Allow yourself to… Continue reading 10 Things to do When Your Novel has Been Rejected by an Agent

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Synopsis Writing: A Step By Step Method

Morning writers, I hope you've had a lovely week. A couple of weeks ago I started writing a synopsis based on the early draft of my second novel. Like many writers, I find synopsis writing tedious, difficult and frustrating. However, they are a necessary evil, published or unpublished. The method I ended up using this… Continue reading Synopsis Writing: A Step By Step Method

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How to Achieve your 2019 Writing Goals

Happy New Year, writers! We're almost a week into the New Year, and I know that everybody has been setting amazing goals, ahead of a fantastic year of writing, editing and hopefully publishing! I wrote a post last year, on how to achieve your 2018 writing goals, so it seemed only right to offer some… Continue reading How to Achieve your 2019 Writing Goals