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The value of community for writers.

Writers know that writing is for the most part a solitary occupation. There we sit, in our den, office, shed or wherever doing the hard yards, knocking out the words. Line by line, paragraph by paragraph, page by page and … Continue reading

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Writing essentials – the master notes and ideas file.

If you are a writer like me who needs (and likes) to get things written down, then the master notes and ideas file is one of your most important writing assets. What is the master notes and ideas file? I … Continue reading

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Submissions, why it is important to do your research.

All writers get to the stage where they think their work is “ready” for publication. For those of us who would love to get a publisher (or agent) to take us on, there are a few things that are essential … Continue reading

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The POV edit.

As writers we are always finding things to tinker with in our work before sending it off. But, as I have found to my own cost it is not the number of times a piece is read, it is what … Continue reading

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The joys of free writing

Athletes of all kinds often say that when they are doing things automatically with freedom, skill, and success that they “are in the zone.”  Those of you who can remember back to Headingly 1981 saw two of the finest examples … Continue reading

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How to “unstick” your novel.

We have all been there, the initial rush of enthusiastic typing, the deluge of action and ideas has slowed down and every keystroke is now a painstaking test of character. You have reached the doldrums, your novel is stuck in … Continue reading

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Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo This Year

First up I want to say what a great idea NaNoWriMo is, it encourages people to write and we need more writers in the world than we do corrupt politicians and uncaring governments. But, I am not doing it this … Continue reading

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