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Giving up the Day Job to be a Writer by Zoë Miller
Posted by Zoë Miller in , .

You’ve finally given up the day job to write that book and focus everything on your writing career – it will be so much easier – or is it? The...

How to Structure your Writing Without Pain by Merle Nygate
Posted by Merle Nygate in , .

William Goldman famously said there were only three rules for screenwriting: ‘Structure, structure and structure.’  Some people have an ability to structure a narrative without even thinking about it; these...

Creating a Page-Turner: Death Rope by Leigh Russell
Posted by Leigh Russell in , .

With the emergence of ebooks, it has become relatively easy to become published. As a result, writing books has become an increasingly popular pastime in recent years. So it is...

Flying Zebras and Dancing Cheese: Writing for Children by Debbie Thomas
Posted by Debbie Thomas in , .

This article was originally titled ‘How to write for children’. But there are millions of ways to do that and millions of children with millions of tastes. Then it became...

Getting The First Draft Done by Aidan Conway
Posted by Aidan Conway in , .

I finished the first draft of A Cold Flame on the 21st December 2016, only an hour before I had to leave for the airport to spend Christmas with my...

The Character Dossier by Dr. Bob Rich
Posted by Dr. Bob Rich in , .

The aim of all fiction is to induce emotion in the reader. While immersed in your story, a person should be encouraged to enter its reality, so that, for the...

Scrivener: A Software Resource for Writers
Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin in , , .

An article from our archives – consistently one of our most popular postings! When international bestseller Alex Barclay sang the praises of Scrivener in this excellent article, we thought we’d investigate...

Dialogue, Journalism and Fiction Writing by Jonathan Whitelaw
Posted by Jonathan Whitelaw in , .

The best bit of writing advice I’ve ever been given is as follows: “You can’t edit a blank page.” And that little mantra has influenced me in both my fiction...

Where Ideas Come From by Tina Callaghan
Posted by Tina Callaghan in , .

You’ve decided that you want to write fiction. Great! Knowing what you want to do is the first important step in achieving your goal and is often hard to figure...

The Three Key Steps to a Successful Story by Olivia Rana
Posted by Olivia Rana in , .

Anyone can write a novel, but if you truly want to write a novel that will gain the attention of agents and publishers and also satisfy your readers, you need...