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Which Writing Self is me?

Which Writing Self is me?

Do you know what’s propelling you forward and what’s holding you back in your writing and in your life? I do, thanks to a self awareness exercise** I do periodically. It’s helped me realise why it’s taken me over a year (and counting) to write the dreaded second novel while the first only took about […]

October 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
5 Writing Rules We Break!

5 Writing Rules We Break!

Rules schmules! Call us rebellious, but when it comes to writing, we think some rules were made to be broken. Never start a sentence with a conjunction. So I have impeccable grammar, if I do say so myself. The basics, I like to proudly declare, I’ve pretty much got down. It’s versus its. There, their […]

October 9, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
You Too Can Write Your Memoir

You Too Can Write Your Memoir

Four years ago if someone had told me I’d write a book, I would’ve told them they had mistaken me for someone else. For a real writer. Everything I’d written up to that point either had to do with college papers, my thesis, reports for work, or online articles on gardening in the desert. But […]

October 1, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Menopause and Writing

Menopause and Writing

“I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk […]

September 29, 2014 | By | 12 Replies More
Why writers must ‘Lean In’ too

Why writers must ‘Lean In’ too

It is now five months since the publication of my debut novel. Five months. That’s all. I am a mere baby in a world full of writing grown-ups, who have double-figure novels to their name and impressive awards to add to their author bio. And yet, in those few months, I have learnt so much […]

September 10, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More
Act, React and Interact

Act, React and Interact

To avoid too much ‘telling’, characters should be allowed to act. This means they’ll react and interact, as well. Different characters react differently to the same incident, to external conflicts or stimuli, to internal conflicts and to each other Let’s look at the following passage: Joe squinted against the sunlight dancing on the lake, wiping […]

September 8, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Memoir Writing Tips

Memoir Writing Tips

Heidi Siefkas wrote a memoir about her extraordinary story of survival. We asked her if she could share some memoir writing tips with us. Writing a memoir is an all-in, unveiling of your most private experiences to the world. It’s not a sneak peek, but the whole enchilada whether good, bad, or Montezuma’s revenge. I’m […]

September 1, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More
Novel writing tips: How to keep your novel on track

Novel writing tips: How to keep your novel on track

Best selling author Lisa Wingate shares her novel writing tips with us. Last year, for the September release of The Prayer Box, I traveled on a six-week book tour. My plan was to have the first draft of my 2014 novel finished and turned in to editorial by mid-August, when the release events for the […]

August 25, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More
Marketing your Novel: Prepare in Advance!

Marketing your Novel: Prepare in Advance!

When you’re constantly receiving rejection letters from publishers or agents, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is publicizing a novel you can’t even seem to sell.

 Before I continue, let me stop a moment and give this very loud and clear disclosure: nothing, nothing, NOTHING, matters more than writing a killer book. Spend 99 […]

August 15, 2014 | By | 12 Replies More
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 | 5 Replies More