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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 | 6 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
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 | 2 Replies 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 | 20 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 | 6 Replies More