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

Writing a Novel: Not a Sprint but a Marathon by Rod Smith
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It has been said that ‘everyone has a book inside them, and in most cases that’s where it should stay’. I have been trying to write a novel called The...

Writing as a Team by A.J. MacKenzie
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As a husband-and-wife writing team, the most frequently asked question we get is, ‘How do you work together?’ That’s a tough question to answer, partly because the process seems different...

Stuck in the Middle of your Book by Tina Callaghan
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When I wrote my first novel, Dark Wood Dark Water, I didn’t know how to write a novel, despite lots of time thinking about it. I am not a planner....

Keep It Cozy! What is Cozy Crime? by Peter Bartram
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What, exactly, is “cozy” about being stabbed in the neck with a carving knife? Or being bludgeoned in the kitchen with a sturdy rolling pin? Or having your bedtime cocoa...

Editing Tricks to Get You Published by Claire Hennessy

Editing. It sounds boring. Fiddly. Dotting i’s. Crossing t’s. Or it sounds like something that is done to you and your work. Someone asks Laura Jane Cassidy about her first...

The Fear of the First Draft by Zoë Miller
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The Fear of the First Draft – does it ever go away? One of the questions I’m regularly asked in good faith, now that I have ten books published, is...