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Writing Poetry – 4 Ways to get Started

There is no one way to write poetry. The great thing about poetry is that it can come in all shapes, sizes and forms and helps us to question what those forms might be. But if you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some of our favourite ways to kick-start the poetry process. Capture a moment Sometimes people think on a large scale, but some of the most effective poetry captures a moment and harnesses the emotions for the audience to connect to. Try to work with emotion and metaphor […]

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Proof-Reading – Our Top 5 Tips

They say you are your own worst critic. And in some ways, that can be the case. However, sometimes editing your own work can be hard and you miss out on little details that can make or break your piece of writing. Here are some of our top tips for proof-reading: Print it People read differently on screen and on paper, so print out a copy of your writing. If you read aloud, your ear might catch errors that your eye may have missed. Homonyms Homonyms are words that share […]

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Crime Fiction – Make your Story Criminally Good

Sometimes, crime does pay. Sometimes the darker the narrative, the more juicy the plot, the more fun the crime novel can be. Writing is hard and finding your way through the words takes an immense amount of time, but with these tips, you might be able to help make your novel more about crime, and less of a punishment. Make it exciting The worst crime a writer can commit is to be boring. If a crime novel turns out to be boring there’s a very high chance it is because […]

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7 Writing Tips from Top Authors

Writing is all about inspiration. The biggest tip any writer can give is to read, write and rewrite, but here are a few more famous writing tips to get you in the mood to put pen to paper. “My first rule was given to me by TH White, author of The Sword in the Stone and other Arthurian fantasies and was: Read. Read everything you can lay hands on. I always advise people who want to write a fantasy or science fiction or romance to stop reading everything in those genres and […]

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Make an Impression – Writing your First Line

Writing your book is brave. Writing its first line is even braver. There is no other way to describe it. From the moment your audience opens your book, you need to hook them in and that can be daunting. This is your first opportunity to hook readers in. That’s why the first line of your book can be quintessential is making it a must read. Check out some of our favourite ways to capture your audience from the get go. To state a principle “It is a truth universally acknowledged, […]

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Writing a Memoir – Things to Remember

Often, the most compelling ways to capture the importance of specific life event is through a memoir. It is a highly personal thing, to write a memoir. To invite readers into your life and let them experience what you did. Those who do so, and who get their work published, are among the bravest out there. When writing your memoir try to follow these tips to make it a compelling read for not only those who know you, but also those who will get to know you through your words. […]

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6 Simple Steps to Improve your Writing

Writing is hard work, but it is so worth it. Writing talent is like a muscle: it needs to be exercised frequently to be kept in tip-top shape. Here are 6 of our top tips to make your writing go from good to great. 1) Be Visual And Conversational Trying to make the reader “see” is a good goal and being concrete has huge effects. Trying to create an immersive world for your reader can be a long road, but ultimately a worthwhile one. For a reader to go from […]

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POV – Choosing the Right View for You

What is POV? And how do you choose the best one for your story POV stands for Point of View, and it’s one of the most important aspects of your story that must be decided before you even start to write. Sometimes you sit down in front of your computer, and the POV just comes to you. Other times, it takes a little bit of thought and trying our different points of view to see which best serves your novel.. Here are some examples of POVs and how to choose […]

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Creating Suspense: 5 Top Tips

They say that the essence of good drama is conflict, but you can also attest this to suspense. By keeping your reader guessing, you keep them reading. Here are some ways to amp up the suspense: Fear Try to appeal to reader’s sense of dread. Readers like to feel what characters feel and will empathise with a character that is confronted by their fear of heights, or who feels they are being followed in the dead of night. Think of the things that frighten you most and you can be […]

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Crafting Shorter Sentences – Our 5 Top Tips

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that all writers fall prey to overwriting at one time or another. Sometimes when you sit down to write, the mind can wander and sentences become as long as a winter evening, or your typical episode of The Wire. There is nothing wrong with it, but writing is like life: it needs variety. Run-on sentences also distract the writer and the reader and also force the reader to work harder to follow the story. Here are a few tricks to help trim the excess: […]

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