writing

What’s in a name? How to choose a title for your novel

July 20, 2011

I am writing my second novel at the moment, and just passed the 100,000 word mark and again noted my manuscript still doesn’t have a title – not even a working one. I’m not too fussed about this, but thought I would spend a few moments looking for some ideas on where to find the [...]

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Where does creativity come from?

June 24, 2011

I’m sure most people have come across the wonderful world of TED.com. If you haven’t, you’re in for a real treat. TED is essentially a library of fantastic, inspirational talks by some of the world’s most interesting people. The topics are vast, and you will no doubt find many that peak your interest. I was [...]

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Self Publishing your novel – a critical and practical review

June 10, 2011

Okay, so you’ve written something magnificent, and you’d like the world to see it. You’ve sent it to a few publishers and agents, even entered it in some competitions, but unfortunately no one’s taken up your book. So what are your options? Self-publishing has often been seen as a bit of a poor brother to [...]

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Tip 10:Make sure your draft is the best it can be before you show it to a publisher or an agent

June 3, 2011

This post relates to my blog series on the top ten tips to writing a novel. Visit my archives to see the full list, and other relevant postings. This could be the most important tip of all. Everyone in this industry would agree you only get one shot with an agent or a publisher. They [...]

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Tip 9: Read extensively within your genre

May 30, 2011

This post relates to my blog series on the top ten tips to writing a novel. Visit my archives to see the full list, and other relevant postings. Well this should be pretty obvious, but sometimes we miss the apparent things. If you have an interest in writing, you no doubt have an interest in [...]

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Tip 8: Use your “down time” for being creative

May 19, 2011

This post relates to my blog series on the top ten tips to writing a novel. Visit my archives to see the full list, and other relevant postings. It’s really hard to come up with creative ideas “on cue”. Life just doesn’t work like that. I find that when you separate you mind from the [...]

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Tip 7: Develop a Routine for writing

April 20, 2011

This post relates to my blog series on the top ten tips to writing a novel. Visit my archives to see the full list, and other relevant postings. I know a lot of people who would love to write a book. Wanting to do it is one thing, but actually sitting down and writing it [...]

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Tip 6: Make every word Count

April 14, 2011

This post relates to my blog series on the top ten tips to writing a novel. Visit my archives to see the full list, and other relevant postings. Everything in the book – characters, descriptions, and objects – should have a purpose; otherwise it’s just a distraction. If you want to make sure your story [...]

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Tip 5: Allow your readers to form a mental picture of your story by including plenty of detail

March 17, 2011

This post relates to my blog series on the top ten tips to writing a novel. Visit my archives to see the full list, and other relevant postings. I believe one of the great joys of writing is that you can create a world exactly how you want it to be. When you do so, [...]

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Tip 4: Open with a Bang!

March 10, 2011

This post relates to my blog series on the top ten tips to writing a novel. Visit my archives to see the full list, and other relevant postings. “Help please! Somebody help me!” It took all of Michael’s strength to hang onto the tiny ledge with his fingertips. “No one can hear you, there’s no [...]

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