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

Should you wait for inspiration?

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Can You Force Inspiration - Write into the Woods

This post was this week’s Monday email. Get these straight in your inbox every week (along with exclusive writing prompts) by putting your email in here.   When do you write? Every morning before work? Every evening before bed? Straight after work? During your lunchbreak? Weekends only? When the mood strikes you? There are no […]

Inspiration

Five Ways to Make Notes

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Hit by an idea? Quick! Write it down!

All writers make notes, but not all writers notes are the same. Note making is something personal and individual. And if you’re just starting to write, it can be a little overwhelming. Shouldn’t we all be keeping notebooks in our bags? Shouldn’t we all have notebook after notebook full of ideas? It used to be […]

Being a writer

How Google Alerts can help your writing

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Make your inspiration and research easy with Google alerts

There’s so much you can do through Google – you can write, email, create spreadsheets, socialise, create adverts and search for long lost answers to questions that randomly pop into your head for no reason. Did you know you can also ask Google to email you with news stories? Yup, Google Alerts searches the internet […]