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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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Managing serial fiction – the nuts and bolts

I am now writing my fifth book of a young adult series concerning the eponymous hero Jack Janson. At the beginning in book 1, Jack is a few days short of his twelfth birthday and now, in book 5 he … Continue reading

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Submitting Manuscripts

I have often hear it said by writers that one of the biggest challenges they face is knowing what to send to an agent or publisher. I have some sympathy being one of those who are looking for representation and … Continue reading

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The importance of editing using different techniques – Part 1

Writers are all different. I am a planner and first draft writer. I can get lost in the worlds that I have created and can be “away” doing my thing for hours at a time, day after day and so … Continue reading

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Making a timeline/program is essential for your writing

How often have you been writing and suddenly lose track of who is where and what day it is? it happens to me sometimes. The reason it doesn’t happen more often is because I write out a timeline or a … Continue reading

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Why it pays to use a copy editor

The great debate amongst writers. “When is my work ready?” A tough question for those of us who haven’t got a publisher or have any history of published written work (other than FB and blogs). It’s an old question. The … Continue reading

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Keeping a word count spread sheet, an essential tool for writers

One of the key things I use and keep well up to date is a word count spread sheet for each writing project. To me it is as essential as typing “Chapter 1” and the first line of the book. … Continue reading

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First draft continuity errors, don’t panic – fix

I was reading through the first draft of a piece of work that has been sitting in a drawer maturing for a while when I came across a right howler of a continuity error. I mean a Biggie! It was … Continue reading

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Manifestation – how my night-time wish paid dividends last night

And no, I didn’t wake up next to …………. Seriously, I had an amazing experience last night. I have got back into the writing groove on a completely new piece of work two weeks ago and it is going along … Continue reading

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Even when you’re ill, a writer should always be taking notes

I have gone down with Manflu, it’s probably terminal, but on the off chance that I will survive this plague I would like to share this wisdom with you from my death bed. Being ill gives a writer the chance … Continue reading

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