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How To Get An Edgar Nomination in 72 Easy Steps by Catherine...
Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard in , .

In May 2016, my biggest dream came true: my debut thriller, Distress Signals, was published. I had wanted to get a novel published since I was 8 years old and...

Character in a Screenplay: Bringing it all Together by Lindsay J Sedgwick
Posted by Lindsay J Sedgwick in , .

What you are looking for when you develop a character are experiences or memories that have shaped her. The process will often reveal traits that wouldn’t have been obvious to...

Romantic Fiction: Harder Than it Sounds by Faye Hall
Posted by Faye Hall in , .

Romance stories have been around almost since humans first learned to write.  Some people love them.  Other’s consider them not to be ‘real writing’ at all.  As a romance author...

Collective Wisdom: Plotting by Niamh O’Connor
Posted by Niamh O'Connor in , .

Dorothea Brande in Becoming A Writer, which was first published in 1934, claimed that creative writing books and courses are mostly disappointing. The writer’s real problem is one of of...

Character in a Screenplay: Mining the Depths by Lindsay J Sedgwick
Posted by Lindsay J Sedgwick in , .

“Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink...

How to Create Atmosphere in your Writing by Rachel Burge
Posted by Rachel Burge in , .

People may not remember what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel – and the same can be true of novels....

You Want to be a Writer – SO READ! by Zoë Miller
Posted by Zoë Miller in , .

Imagine if you had a dream of taking part in Dancing with the Stars, if you loved dancing so much that you longed to be involved in this glittering event....

The Midpoint of the Story by Louise Dean
Posted by Louise Dean in , .

If you’re about to write a novel, start with the midpoint. That’s the place to begin to build your world around. The midpoint is the point of no return in...

Picture Books: From Idea to Submission by Olivia Hope
Posted by Olivia Hope in .

If ever someone tells me they have a children’s picturebook story they want to write I’ll beam enthusiastically and say ‘How fantastic. What’s your favourite picturebook you’ve recently read?’ Their...

Can You Successfully Write in Two Different Genres? by Carol Wyer
Posted by Carol Wyer in .

People often ask me how hard it is to write in two very different genres – comedy and thrillers, and my stock answer is, ‘It isn’t difficult at all, as...