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First sentences – according to John Irving
According to John Irving: “I may one day write a better first sentence to a novel than that of A Prayer for Owen Meany, but I doubt it. I have a feeling for first sentences, and I’ve written some pretty good ones.” I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice – not […]...
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5 tips on how to write Christmas lit
You might love baubles and tinsel or maybe you want to resist all seasonal shenanigans at this time of year. Whatever side of the celebrations you fall on, it is almost impossible to ignore the signs including rockers Wizzard singing, “I wish it could be Christmas every day…” One of the ...
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Oops! Literary agent and “pitch” ignites YA backlash
The YA community is a warm and welcoming one – but don't cross them. Think before you pitch ...
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5 reasons not to give up writing
Who would be a writer? You write. You edit. You pitch. You deal with rejection. You might land a publishing deal but this doesn't mean people will read your book – you've got to become a social media marketing expert too. Then you read the bad reviews and wonder why you bothered...
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15 writing rules from kick-ass writers
Learn from the best and unleash the creative beast inside you with a little help from our fiction-writing friends...
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Day 10: how to beat #NaNoWriMo fatigue
Let sleeping dogs lie unless there are 50,000 words to write in a short space of time. Last year I had written 13,014 words on Day 10. It was 3,000 words short of where I wanted to be...
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Some tips from the NaNoWriMo camp
The start date is almost here. As soon as the dust settles on Halloween, put your broomsticks away and start writing. You can nail 50,000 words in one month...
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666 27 books to sink your teeth into this Halloween
What does it take to make your blood run cold? Witches, ghosts, paranormal activities, psychopathic killers should do the trick. Let’s get scared:...
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Deadline alert! Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards
Put some final polish on those first 10 pages. It’s competition time. If you write short stories, don’t miss your chance to compete in the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. There’s sure to be a category created just for you, Romance, Thriller, Crime, Horror, Science-Fiction, and Young Adu...
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Are your first 10 pages ready for their close-up?
Read my lips: every flaw in the first 10 pages will be illuminated, so make sure the words withstand close inspection...
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19 over-used words that are banned in the first 10 pages
Floral-print shirts trend, words do too. Over-exposure is a turn off though. Think twice before including words and phrases that have been around the block otherwise your first 10 pages will look the same as a thousand others...
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The first 10 pages your mother WOULDN’T read but every writer should
When bad language makes good reading...
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5 ways to make NaNoWriMo a success not just a word count
It is almost #NaNoWriMo time. Grab the reins. Ready, steady, write...
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If writing a book is a battlefield, here’s how to win
You need a thick skin and a brave heart to survive on the book-writing battlefield. Are you ready to fight hard?...
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Attention span! Going, going, gone…
You might want to rethink the first 10 pages of your book. There is tremendous pressure to produce engaging content because the reader is ruthless when it comes to commitment – someone is only going to stick around if the beginning of a book is exceptional. “People don’t have [that] attention span. W...
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Why you should NEVER regret your weakest work
Our words can come back to embarrass us. We don’t realise it at the time but there will come a time when we’ll critically reassess what we’ve written. We all do it. Even Pulitzer Prize winners do it. This is because passion can cloud judgement. We can become so submerged in writing, cre...
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This is what #LFW looks like in fiction
Take fiction inspiration from London Fashion Week. This fish pretty much has the look nailed. ...
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You need these 5 formulas for the first 10 pages
The manuscript with a formula oozes confidence. Are you ready to work it out? Disclaimer: no creative vibes were harmed in the process....
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How to write a book the beef jerky way
So you want to write a book? Then let us share the "beef jerky secret" with you. Ssshhhh don't tell anyone....
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15 rock-solid tips to beat writer’s block
You're stuck for words. Writer's block happens. Yeah right. Good luck with that old excuse....