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My Top 5 Books on Writing by Keris Stainton
Posted by Keris Stainton in , .

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott I love everything Anne Lamott writes. She pulls no punches, she’s frequently hilarious, and Bird by Bird has the most succinct pieces of writing...

Gifts for Authors: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

It’s the season for gift-giving. A couple of years ago, I offered up some suggestions for gifts you could get the author in your life, and this year I thought...

When You’ve Finished Your Novel: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

It’s a wrap on NaNoWriMo 2017, and I hope those of you who took part enjoyed the experience, regardless of how many words you wrote in the end. 50,000 words...

Where To Go for Good Ideas: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony...
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

I’ve spoken before about how to draw inspiration from real life, but sometimes you need to dig a little deeper to find the story that’s right for you. The most common...

The Instrument is Not the Camera: Author Photographs by Will Govan
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This piece by Will Govan, co- founder and director of The Moth, gives an invaluable insight into what it takes to produce a successful author photograph: In the summer of...

Toxic Masculinity: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

Last Sunday was International Men’s Day, and so I thought it would be appropriate to look at a subject that’s at the heart of many problems faced, and caused, by...

Non-Traditional Families: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

Since the advent of television, and through numerous movies and books, there has been a single universal image of how families should appear in fiction. The Nuclear Family of one...

Speeches and Monologues: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

While speeches are usually thought of in conjunction with movies and theatre, they can be a powerful dramatic tool across many different mediums. Of course, they can be difficult to...

National Novel Writing Month: Really Useful Links Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Short in , .

Last year I shared some tips on tackling National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Well, it’s here again, and it’s all kicking off this week. The object is to write...

Writing Dialogue: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

I love good dialogue. Descriptive prose is important, but sometimes you can evoke the power of a hundred words in a single line of well-placed dialogue. As an author, you...