Being a writer

How To Find Your Voice As An Author

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When people ask to join the WITW Facebook group, I ask them three questions, one of which is all about what’s holding them back right now. Rather than waiting until I have all the big goodies ready for you, I thought I’d start addressing these issues right now on the blog. Because, why wait? We […]

Being a writer

Time Management Tips For Authors

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When someone joins the free Write into the Woods Facebook group (which you can join right here), I ask them three questions, one of which is what issues are you facing right now with your writing. Rather than waiting a few months for me to realise all the ideas in my head and create wonderful […]

Plotting

Four Places To Start If You’ve Got Plot Problems

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If you've got plot problems, I feel bad for you... Here's how to fix them

If you’re having plot problems, I feel back for you. I got 99% problems and… Well… A few of them are plot problems. They’re a common thing. And there’s not one answer, which means that when someone says they’re having trouble with their plot, it can take a while to find something that works. So, […]

Being a writer

Should You Stick To Writing One Genre?

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Playing The Genre Field

What genre do you write? Do you think you’ll still be writing that in ten year’s time? Writing is a fluid thing and some people worry, as they begin their writing journey, that they’re being pinned down to just the one genre. When I meet another writer, I always ask what genre they write. When […]

Break through blocks

How To Write A Story On Commission

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Most, if not all, start writing fiction by writing the story that pops into their head and they fall in love with. Which is exactly how it should be. There are lots of reasons you might need a change from this. Perhaps you want to start writing for publications or competitions, or maybe you’re blocked. […]

Being a writer

How To Keep Your Ideas Original

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Christopher Booker wrote a whole book about the seven basic plots. Yep, he states that there are only seven basic stories in the whole world. It feels like there’s more, doesn’t it? That’s because, while we’re all using similar plots, we’re all putting our own twists on them. That’s the key to keeping your ideas […]

Being a writer

How To Write Creatively – Part One

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Tips For Writing Creatively - Part One

I get asked a lot of questions when I tell people I write stories. I get questions about plot, about characters, about ideas, about how to get started… Only one person has ever attempted to ask me, ‘yeah, but how do you write like that.’ They mean how do you write creatively. How do you […]