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Horror Fiction – 4 Tips to write a Terrifying Story

Horror fiction is a genre that has lasted the ages, transcended generations and left a mark in literary history. From Bram Stoker to Stephen King, horror writers have left a mark on the literary scene and resonated with readers all around. So much so that readers are left turning on their light at night to ward away the dark. Which, let’s be honest, is part of the fun. Here are 4 of our favourite tips for making writing terrifying your readers: Maintain mystery to maintain fear Fear of the unknown […]

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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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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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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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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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Worldbuilding – A Few Helpful Hints

Worldbuilding is essential in any novel. Regardless of whether you are telling an epic love story in space, or a war story that spans decades and dimensions, it’s important to give your reader a sense of place. You want the reader to immerse themselves in the world and feel grounded. Here are a few of our favourite tips on world building: Research Even if you’re creating a fictional world, it needs to feel like a reality. The best way to achieve this in worldbuilding is by doing a little research. Look […]

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Overcoming Writer’s Block – Five Simple Tips

The bane of every writer is the dreaded writer’s block, and it rears its ugly head when you least expect it. Writer’s block is an ugly monster, lurking in the shadows and sapping the creative force out of you when you need it most. It muddles your mind and keeps you from performing to your best ability. It can also create a creativity vacuum that you can’t seem to escape. Everyone will experience it in some shape or form during their writing career, but thankfully there are ways to beat it. […]

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Writing Apps – Our Five Favourites

Smart phones are a staple in society and are fast becoming a writer’s best friend. So why not take advantage of you travel-sized companion and download some apps to help you with your writing? Here are a few of our recommendations: Google Drive Google Drive is a God send. You can download the app to your phone and write on the go. The best part, however, is that you can edit it anywhere you access your Google Drive account. Say, for example, you are on a bus and you came […]

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Putting a Poetry Collection Together

Getting Your Poet’s House in Order You’ve built up a lot of poems, on a range of themes and subjects; maybe over a long period of time. You may also have taken a break from writing poetry and come back to it again. You’ve now got a selection of poetry some of which may be handwritten, some printed out and some sitting in random desktop files.  What do you do with them?  We’ve taken a look at lots of different advice from a range of people and come up with […]

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