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Happy New(ish) Year!

Right. So, January happened. I don’t know about you, but I always find it hard to get going in the New Year. For me, ‘Dry January’ had nothing to do with abstaining from alcohol for 31 days, but is more … Continue reading

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Challenge Update: 1st Oct to 16th Nov

So, at the start of October, I set myself the challenge of writing 4,200 words a week with the goal of finishing the first draft of my novel by June next year. For more details on the challenge itself, here’s … Continue reading

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That’ll Do For A First Draft

As a writer, I want each word I put down on paper to have meaning and purpose. I want each one of them to make readers feel and think and yearn to read on. As such, there is one particular … Continue reading

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The Joy of Writing by Hand

These days, there are many ways to communicate the written word, so the options for writers and how they get their ideas into the real world are pretty much endless. Over the last few years, I have come across people … Continue reading

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Pre-Book Timeline

As you may have been able to work out by now, I am a Planner when it comes to novel writing. That’s not to say I always stick to said plans, but I certainly find it easier to work when … Continue reading

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Prologue or Con[logue]

I’ve become aware recently that there is an ongoing debate in the writing community as to the merits (or lack thereof) of using a prologue. Many writers seem to be of the opinion that if a scene warrants being included … Continue reading

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Challenge Accepted!

This week, I have started what I hope will be a nine-month journey from where I am now to completing my first novel. I have had this book knocking around in my head for many a year now and it … Continue reading

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Guest Post – “Dialogue”

Guest Post by Sarah Jayne Tanner When we talk about writing novels, we talk a lot about structure, plot, character and themes, but not so much about writing good dialogue. At university, I studied for a BA English Literature with … Continue reading

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#CharacterCharades

I am celebrating this week! I have been struggling with one of the characters in my current Work In Progress, but I have finally had a break-through in his development and it has had a massive impact on the direction … Continue reading

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The Name Game: Characters

Last week I was looking at the process of naming places in your fictional world. If you missed that post, you can find it here. This week, I’ll be looking at naming characters. I have mentioned before that I really … Continue reading

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