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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Plotting

The Magic of Subplots in Your Novel

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This Saved My First Novel

  It took me seven years to write my first published novel. Seven years! Okay, so I wrote another first draft in the middle, but still. Seven years. I paused half way through writing it, partly because I got distracted by another idea but partly because the story wasn’t going well. Something was wrong. Something […]