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Places All Writers Should Keep a Notebook

Notebooks, notebooks, notebooks. How many have we filled? And how many have we bought and not used yet?! As writers, notebooks are so important. They're great for jotting down observations and inspirations, for keeping ideas safe until you're ready to grow them, for moving your novel forward. As I writer, I'm obsessed with notebooks and… Continue reading Places All Writers Should Keep a Notebook

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Things You Shouldn’t Say In A Query Letter

Query letter writing isn't easy. Last week on the blog I spoke about some of the things you should include in a query letter. So today, I thought it'd be neat to write about some of the things you shouldn't include in a query letter. Remember, the letter should be a product of your own, and different… Continue reading Things You Shouldn’t Say In A Query Letter

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Things to Include in a Query Letter

This week I've been spending a lot of time on query letters. They're an essential part of your pitch to an agent/publisher, because it'll be their first impression on who you are, and what your book is about. I'm by no means an expert on this subject, but I have been doing a lot of… Continue reading Things to Include in a Query Letter

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How to Handle ‘Writer’s Guilt’

Writer's guilt. We all get it, right? That feeling that we should be writing, or we should be writing more, or it's been too long since we last wrote anything. It's a horrible feeling, that niggles in the back of your mind and sends a flare of anxiety to your gut. One of my favourite, and most relatable, writing quotes ever… Continue reading How to Handle ‘Writer’s Guilt’

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The Perfect Writing Environment

Recently, I've been craving particular writing environments. A book shop in Edinburgh, a cute tearoom in a historic village, a bench by the sea... It's so easy to think of these places as the perfect writing environment, and sometimes I even find myself thinking I'll wait to write until I'm there, so that I have… Continue reading The Perfect Writing Environment

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Introducing my WIP: Vanishing Act

A big thank you to Lorraine Ambers for nominating me for the Round Robin game. Check out her blog post where she shares her own WIP, Mischief and Mayhem. The aim of this game is for writers to share some of their Work in Progress, and then encourage others to do the same. So at the… Continue reading Introducing my WIP: Vanishing Act

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10 Reasons Unpublished Writers Need Social Media

Social media. It's fair to say that this area of the internet has the good, the bad and the ugly. I'm only here to focus on the good, but within a very specific part of the social media world; the online writing community.  So, why do I believe that, like me, unpublished authors should be… Continue reading 10 Reasons Unpublished Writers Need Social Media

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4 Reasons to Read When You Have Writer’s Block

Writer's block. We've (probably) all been there. The words won't come, the ideas fall flat and your motivation falters to a halt. How to combat it? There are plenty of ways. One is simply to write anyway. You could try freewriting, or find a great prompt or go for a walk. And you could also… Continue reading 4 Reasons to Read When You Have Writer’s Block

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Travelling: It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

I have always adored this quote from Ibn Battuta. Let's see it again: “Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” - The Travels of Ibn Battutah As somebody who loves to write and loves to travel, this has always been something I think is entirely true. And I know that not everybody… Continue reading Travelling: It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

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5 Reasons to Write in a Library

Writing time can be sacred, and it's not always easy to enjoy uninterrupted time. When I'm in need of dedicated writing time, I head to the nearest library. Here's five reasons why you should too. 1. Surrounded by published novels There's nothing more inspiring than being surrounded by published works. Imagining your own book sat… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Write in a Library