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Staying Motivated by Sarah Webb
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A lot of our content at this time of year is aimed at writers who are starting new projects, but many of you are mid-way and there is nothing harder...

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...

Plotting a Crime Novel in Public by Miranda Rijks

‘Do you think it would be better if we killed him via electrocution or stabbing? If it’s the former, it could seem like an accident and that would be great,’...

Research – and how not to do it! by Fiona Gartland
Posted by Fiona Gartland in , .

Research is an essential part of writing fiction. It lends authenticity to a creation which is otherwise entirely fabricated. And readers, though they are prepared to suspend their disbelief in...

Researching Historical Novels by Pam Lecky
Posted by Pam Lecky in , .

For anyone writing historical fiction, the research required can be daunting. Fortunately, I love it, and over the years my collection of reference books has grown. The genre requires a...

Researching a Location: 55 by James Delargy
Posted by James Delargy in , .

So you’ve decided that your book will not be based in the country where you usually live. In fact you have never lived there. Nothing wrong with that. It might...

Fact Into Fiction: How To Make Research Resonate by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Posted by Ausma Zehanat Khan in , .

When you write a story that closely follows real life events, it’s important to ground your book in the facts without letting those facts overwhelm the emotional connection you hope...

Creating Worlds in Speculative Fiction by Nathaniel Webb
Posted by Nathaniel Webb in , .

Thermodynamics for Airship Pilots At the Imperial Wartime Academy of Airship Pilotage in Aniara, there’s a question the instructors like to spring on first-year students. “You’re the navigator,” the teacher...

Researching a New Location: The Hiding Game by Louse Phillips
Posted by Louse Phillips in , .

As a writer of psychological crime thrillers, I often find myself in unique situations for research, like chatting to off-duty hostage negotiators over a chicken burger in a fast food...

Choosing Your Point of View (Part 2) by Ally Carter
Posted by Ally Carter in , .

How do you know which Point of View to use? If it’s first person, how do you pick which character tells the story? This is one of the things authors...