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4 ways screenwriting provides you with novel writing skills

Over the last few weeks at uni I've been studying script writing, with particular focus on screenplays. It's a lot of fun, and very different from novel writing. Yet at the same time, there's a lot of skills that can be applied and strengthen your novel writing ability. I've discussed before how writing short stories… Continue reading 4 ways screenwriting provides you with novel writing skills

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Affirmations for writers who feel like frauds

As writers, we are often consumed with doubt. We can be perfectionists, and it's easy to feel like you're not doing enough. In reality, the fact you feel this way shows how much you care about your craft, and that in itself is commendable. So, a simple post this week, with some affirmations for those… Continue reading Affirmations for writers who feel like frauds

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Pacing your novel – 5 essential tips

There is little worse than reading a story with poor pacing. Whether it's too slow and dull, or everything happens in a blur, you'll find a lack of enjoyment. The key is getting the pacing just right, building tension, revealing information, holding back secrets, and ensuring suspense while maintaining reader interest. With that in mind,… Continue reading Pacing your novel – 5 essential tips

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Reasons to read your work in progress on kindle or tablet

This week I've started reading my work in progress on kindle. It's not finished. I'm still on an early draft. But there's a lot to be said for printing out your book, or reading it on a different device to your laptop/computer. Here are some reasons why you should read your work in progress on… Continue reading Reasons to read your work in progress on kindle or tablet

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Ways honest feedback impacts and improves your writing

Seeking feedback on your writing is a daunting process. As writers we are prone to doubt and a fear of rejection, so trusting someone with your words is a huge step. But it is a vital one, because it gives you scope to improve your writing, make decisions for your story, and find out what… Continue reading Ways honest feedback impacts and improves your writing

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Creating a writing playlist – the soundtrack to your story

Last week on the blog, we spoke about Preptober, and how to get yourself NaNoWriMo ready. One of the things mentioned was making a writing playlist. Whether you're taking part in National Novel Writing Month or not, it can still be really satisfying and inspiring to have a writing playlist. So, here are some tips… Continue reading Creating a writing playlist – the soundtrack to your story

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What is Preptober? 5 tips for getting NaNoWriMo ready

October is here, and for many writers that means Preptober is here. If you've seen the phrase about recently, you might be wondering what it is. Preptober is essentially the lead up to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a worldwide event that takes place every November and encourages writers to write 50,000 of a novel… Continue reading What is Preptober? 5 tips for getting NaNoWriMo ready

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The benefits of taking a break from blogging and social media – for writers.

Guess who's back? Back again?It's me!Hello, and thank you for your patience. A couple of months ago I decided to take a break from blogging and social media to focus on my mental health. I also intended to spend less time chatting about writing and more time...well...writing. And so, for my comeback post, it felt… Continue reading The benefits of taking a break from blogging and social media – for writers.

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5 amazing writing blogs you should check out

Morning writers. I love WordPress! It is full of amazing writers, sharing their experiences, tips, and words. It felt appropriate to share 5 awesome posts I've read recently, that I think all writers should check out - be sure to give them a follow too! Character Motivation: Tips AndĀ Tricks by K.M. Allan How to Hook… Continue reading 5 amazing writing blogs you should check out

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Small ways to incorporate your writing into every day, even when you don’t feel like writing

When it comes to writing, forming a habit is vital. And writing a little every day is enough. But there's no denying we all have days when we don't feel like writing, when we can't find our words. These days can leave you feeling guilty, or wishing you could do SOMETHING to progress your writing.… Continue reading Small ways to incorporate your writing into every day, even when you don’t feel like writing