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Podcasting is a lot of fun and it's surprisingly cheap and easy to set one up. I started The Worried... Continue reading
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I’ve never had much self-belief in my writing and, for a long time, I thought this lack of confidence meant... Continue reading
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by Sarah Painter Much as I love the act of reading, I also adore listening, and find the burgeoning world... Continue reading
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I know I'm always banging on about keeping on writing until you finish your book, but what if you've written... Continue reading
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Think about things that you do automatically every single day: Making a cup of tea in the morning or brushing... Continue reading
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Last week, I talked about super-charging your story with a motivated, compelling antagonist. This week, I want to introduce a... Continue reading
Go for it, Carlie! Can't wait to read it :-) x
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Thanks, Lynne! Have fun with your nice antagonist - they can be so interesting to write.
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Thank you, Mary; I'm so glad it was useful! And good luck with your antagonist...
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If you’re not familiar with the term, an antagonist is someone who, according to the Oxford Dictionary, ‘actively opposes or... Continue reading
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November seems like a good time to talk about the power of momentum. At this very moment, thousands of people... Continue reading
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What is back story and how much should you use? Opinions, as always, vary, but I think you should include... Continue reading
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NaNoWriMo, as you're no doubt aware, stands for National Novel Writing Month. Writers around the world join together to support... Continue reading
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I love Halloween. Partly because it occurs in autumn, my favourite season, and partly because it’s so closely linked to... Continue reading
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It will come as no surprise to you that we live in an age of information-overload. Our technology encourages us... Continue reading
Hi Kerry, thanks so much for reading and commenting. So glad you agree, too! That writing course sounds amazing...
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I often bang the drum for goal-setting and I truly believe this is one of the most powerful strategies for... Continue reading
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It's natural (especially when you're just starting out) to emulate your favourite authors. There's nothing wrong with that. In fact,... Continue reading
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Over the last couple of weeks, we've discussed the genre of Romance and this week it's Fantasy's turn. Grab your... Continue reading
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We are often advised to write active (as opposed to 'passive') characters but what, exactly, does this mean? Active characters,... Continue reading
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Last week we discussed romantic fiction. We discovered that since the romantic relationship is central to the story, much of... Continue reading
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Romantic fiction is wildly popular. Considering that love is probably the most vital human need (after water, air, food and... Continue reading
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Today I thought we'd talk about theme. You may have hazy (and possibly bad!) memories of the subject from your... Continue reading
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This week, we're examining the dreaded 'passive voice'. What is it and should you avoid it? It's true that overuse... Continue reading
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Today I want to talk about – lowers voice – sex. Actually, I don't really want to talk about it... Continue reading