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The Great Eight – Writing Tips

The Great Eight – Writing Tips

As Somerset Maugham said, ‘There are three rules for the writing of a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.’ While we’re waiting for someone to discover those golden rules, here are eight tips I’ve learned while sweating over my writing for the past ten years. 1. READ – Keep a note of the […]

April 12, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
The Professional Writer

The Professional Writer

In his groundbreaking book, Outliers, Malcom Gladwell wrote about the power of practicing 10,000 hours in order to reach a higher level of proficiency and greatness in one’s profession or hobby. When I read his theory, I remember feeling as if that was one of the fairest statements ever made. In a lottery world revolving […]

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A Former Lawyer’s Take On the Craft of Writing

A Former Lawyer’s Take On the Craft of Writing

I’m a former divorce lawyer who gave up the law to become a stay-at-home mum. I haven’t been on a creative writing course or studied language or literature at any level higher than school. I haven’t even opened a book on the subject! So I’m no expert on the ‘official’ rules of writing. But I […]

January 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
Combining First Person Narration with Viewpoint Characters: Why? How? Where?

Combining First Person Narration with Viewpoint Characters: Why? How? Where?

  While once upon a time the use of the first person narrator in fiction was seen as “barbaric”, that time is long past. It is now a popular narrator voice, and it fits well with the feminist opposition to so called “objective” knowledge—something embodied in omniscient third person narrator. Moreover, we are all keenly […]

November 25, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Why Writers Feel Guilty and How to Overcome It

Why Writers Feel Guilty and How to Overcome It

Why should we feel guilty for taking time to write? After all, it’s a passion for many of us, and for some, a way to make a living. We don’t feel like things are “right” in our worlds if we’re not writing, so why on Earth would we ever feel guilty for doing something that’s […]

October 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Five Ways to Increase Micro-Tension

Five Ways to Increase Micro-Tension

How do we keep readers invested in what will happen next? As writers, we want readers on the edge of their seat, even in scenes that don’t justify heart-pounding action. Micro-tension, a term I first encountered in Donald Maass’ The Fire in Fiction, offers a solution. Recently I’ve been working on micro-tension in my own […]

October 12, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Sounds: Bringing Back the Often-Forgotten Sense

Sounds: Bringing Back the Often-Forgotten Sense

Arguably, the most common advice to new writers may be “show, don’t tell,” and “use sensory details.” Most of us do well using the sense of sight—after all, we must describe what’s going on for the story to make sense. When we’re trying, we may add a taste a smell, but all too often, the […]

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Getting Past the Opening: Where to Start your Novel

Getting Past the Opening: Where to Start your Novel

We sit in front of the keyboard, poised, with an idea for a book spinning in our head, and find ourselves afraid to start. After all, we are aware we have one paragraph, or three at best, to capture the attention of the reader. What do we do? My friend and mentor, Elizabeth Searle, offered […]

May 11, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
5 Tips to Turn Ordinary Interactions into Book Sales

5 Tips to Turn Ordinary Interactions into Book Sales

In the course of a day, even introverted writers (which I must admit, I’m not) have the opportunity to turn everyday interactions into book buzz. This week alone, I was talking to the Macy’s clerk and as she hung the cute new dress I was buying, I mentioned that I had a book coming out […]

May 9, 2017 | By | 9 Replies More
How to Build a Better Book Launch

How to Build a Better Book Launch

You have worked your heart out to write your book, sweated, been anxious, revised, revised, revised, researched, then sweated some more, revised again, copy edited, argued with designers over the book cover and at long, long last…you have a finished book. Congratulations! Now, how to give it a coming out party, to help it debut […]