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How do stories come to you?

How do stories come to you?

We asked on Twitter, you answered! How do stories come to you? Do you visualise them or do you actually hear the words? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) July 28, 2014 @WomenWriters like movies playing scene by scene, sometimes just a line or two, or a location, a name or a feeling in my gut #amwriting […]

July 29, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Writing Tips: 10 Mistakes to avoid

Writing Tips: 10 Mistakes to avoid

Joanne Harris, @Joannechocolat, is one of our favorite authors on twitter. If you do not follow her yet, you should! We collected ten of her writing tips from last week: Today’s #TenTweets continue my series of tips for writers. Today, it’s Ten Mistakes To Avoid. And yes, I’ve made them all at one time… — […]

July 14, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Creative Writing Groups for Children

Creative Writing Groups for Children

Jilly Henderson Long set up a creative writing group for children, and shares her experiences with us! How lucky was I back in the spring of 2012 to get the chance to start a creative writing group for local 6 – 11 year olds?  As someone who had also started young – and with several […]

July 6, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Women Writers and Guilt: We Have to Learn to Let It Go

Women Writers and Guilt: We Have to Learn to Let It Go

 Gloria Steinem once said, “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” Her words ring true for many of us writers. On my best days – the days when I’m in the zone and the words are flying through me and onto the page […]

June 14, 2014 | By | 19 Replies More
Writers’ Workshops, or Workouts

Writers’ Workshops, or Workouts

Have you attended creative writing workshops where so much time is spent in ‘getting into groups’, trying to agree on the ‘task’, filling huge sheets of paper with glurpy scribble from a frayed marker, and listening to all the ‘feedback’ that you forgot what the exercise was supposed to achieve? The benefits from writers’ exchanging […]

June 9, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
Trilogy Writing Tips

Trilogy Writing Tips

Alison Morton shares her Trilogy Writing Tips with us! This June,  the third book in my Roma Nova thriller series, SUCCESSIO, is out in the world. But as I raise a glass of bubbly with friends, fans and fellow writers to celebrate, I can’t help but smile. When I started my first novel, INCEPTIO, I […]

May 30, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
How to Write the Romance Novel You Want to Read

How to Write the Romance Novel You Want to Read

Bestselling Author Travis Neighbor Ward Shares the Top 7 Things Every Romance Writer Should Do Writing romances can be one of the most empowering forms of fiction writing for women—as long as we make it an expression of ourselves. When I set out to write my novel COME FIND ME, my top priority was creating […]

May 22, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More
Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

A writing tutor once told me that setting is just the frame for a story. It contains the story and highlights it – without intruding upon it. I believed her – right up until I started seriously writing my own novels and short stories. That’s when I realised that what applies when buying a home […]

May 12, 2014 | By | 15 Replies More
How to Write for a Younger Audience: Finding Your Inner Child

How to Write for a Younger Audience: Finding Your Inner Child

The other day, I was along the local High Street which, as usual, was packed with people. Being a writer, I people-watch all the time, sometimes without even realising it until something catches my eye. On this particular day, what caught my eye was a little boy.  He was around three years old with big […]

May 2, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Are You a Real Writer?

Are You a Real Writer?

When I was in my twenties, I considered myself a writer. After all, I’d been the editor of my college literary magazine, and had won several writing contests while in school. It didn’t matter to me that the only writing I’d done since graduation was in notebooks kept under the bed, or that it was […]

April 17, 2014 | By | 23 Replies More