The Three Stages of Editing (and Nine Handy Do-it-Yourself Tips)

January 28, 2014

Image from Flickr by Nic’s events. Whether you love editing or hate it, if you’re a writer, there’s no way round it. You may well have support – from beta readers, your spouse, your writers’ circle, or a professional editor – but a fair amount of editing needs to be done alone. I believe “editing” […]

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Is Social Media a Good Thing for Writers? (Pros, Cons and My Tips)

January 15, 2014

(Image from Flickr by Jason A. Howie) Should writers be on social media, or should they stay away? By “social media”, I mean sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest. (Technically, social media also covers blogs, but I’m leaving those out for simplicity’ sake.) There’s a good chance you have an account on one (or […]

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How to Create a Writing, Publishing and Marketing Plan for the Year [Includes Template]

January 8, 2014

Did your writing go as well in 2013 as you hoped? If not, you’re definitely not alone! My plans didn’t quite work out either. In fact, “plans” is probably a bit generous. Often, what I have are writing dreams – “finish my novel this year” or “find time to market the previous novel”. It’s always […]

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2013 in Review and Seven Posts You May Have Missed

December 23, 2013

The past twelve months have been exciting and busy ones for me. Here are a few highlights: March 2013 – Kitty was born! I blogged about her a couple of months later, here. June 2013 – I opened the doors of Writers’ Huddle permanently – new members can now join at any time. July 2013 […]

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Blogger’s Guide Half-Price Sale for Charity

December 9, 2013

Super-quick version: All four of my Blogger’s Guides are half-price from Mon 9th – Sat 14th December All the money raised in that time will go to Divya Shanthi, a small charity in Bangalore, India Details of the guides are towards the bottom of this post Read on for the slightly longer version… It’s my […]

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Let’s Get Spooky: Writing Workshop Recap

November 5, 2013

I’ve not been to nearly as many workshops and classes this year, due to a certain little person taking up a lot of my time… But my friend and fellow writer and blogger Lorna Fergusson of fictionfire runs inspiring Saturday afternoon “Focus Writing Workshops” once or twice a month at her home in Oxford, which […]

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NaNoWriMo 2013: Are You In?

October 29, 2013

For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is short for (inter)National Novel Writing Month. It takes place every November. Across the world, tens of thousands of writers sign up to the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in just one month. (That’s 1,667 words per day.) To “win” the challenge, you need to write that many words […]

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Four Ways to Cut Your Novel’s Draft (and Make Your Story Stronger)

October 15, 2013

Image from Flickr by adrperez Is your novel looking a little bloated? Do you have a sneaking feeling you’ve repeated yourself a few times? Are some of your scenes really just unnecessary padding between episodes of action? Believe me, I’ve been there. I cut my novel Lycopolis from 135,000 words (Draft 5) to 85,000 words […]

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My Guest Post on Positive Writer: Talking About Your Writing

October 2, 2013

I’m very pleased to have a guest post up on Bryan Hutchinson’s Positive Writer blog today, titled Are You Unwittingly Sabotaging Yourself by Talking About Your Writing?  It covers a couple of problems that talking about your writing can cause, and explains how to do it right. Here’s how it begins: You’ve got a great idea for […]

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Write More Easily: Understanding, Embracing and Moving Beyond Resistance

September 24, 2013

Image from Flickr by William Brawley In this month’s seminar for Writers’ Huddle, I talked about resistance – a powerful force that can stop us writing, if misunderstood and unchecked. Resistance is feeling you don’t want to do something – even when you know you’ll feel good afterwards. Here are just a few of the […]

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