Category Archives: Writing

Helpful content relating to the creative writing process and self-publishing.

Things Professional Editors Won’t Tell You

You’ve finished your book and you’re ready to self-publish it. Are you sure that the layout is up to a reasonably professional standard? I mean really sure? Did you know that you NEVER indent the first paragraph of a chapter? “Professionally printed material typically does not indent the first paragraph, but indents those that follow.” Well, that one tiny detail, (plus quite a few others)… Read more »

The Decision to Self-Publish Your Book

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When I was deciding whether or not to self-publish my book, I searched high and low for a definitive answer to my question. I kept asking people if it was the right thing to do. The replies I generally received were, ‘We can’t answer that because we really don’t know. It’s your book. It’s totally up to you.’ The only people… Read more »

7 Tips to Writing Great Historical Fiction.

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Are you considering writing a book set in the past? Maybe you’re already writing one and looking for a few tips. Choosing to write a book within a historical period of time can feel daunting and is definitely not an easy task. There will be a lot of research to get through, and knowing how to correctly balance accuracy with… Read more »

Bring Your Character To Life In Fiction Writing

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When you think about a person in your mind you can visualise the way they look as well as recognise the subtle traits in  their personality, attitude and outlook. You can imagine everything  which makes up the whole sum of a person. In fiction we are told not to describe a person’s hair, eye colour, etc, simply because it’s no… Read more »

5 Tips on Planning Your Novel

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There are many ways you can think about structuring your novel, the least of all your worries are how many actual words you should or should not be typing – until you have actually typed every single one of them. Do not worry about your novel being too short or too long when you are completing a first draft, the biggest question… Read more »

Book Reviews, love ’em or hate ’em.

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Book reviews are one of the most important things in the publishing world, without them no-one gets to find out how good or bad a book is. But what’s the most accurate way of an indie author finding out the value of their work without paying through the nose for a literary review? Why a single review matters so little…. Read more »

The 5 Top Reasons Writers Don’t Write

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Some people tell me that they don’t know how to write, possess zero talent, therefore even trying to compete with esteemed writers is a waste of time. Brilliant! If we all thought like that then we’d have nothing to read in the world. Let’s go over a few of the most commonly heard complaints that writers make.

The Fear of Writing Badly

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Recently I had a little discussion on the subject of writing with someone who possessed great imagination but very little self-confidence in his writing ability. I had to remind him that the whole concept of ‘ability’ comes from the phrase ‘being able.’ Not only are we very able to sit down and write but we have tons of advice and online resources at our disposal…. Read more »

The Comma Crisis

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Every hard working writer awaits a vocabulary crisis of some sort. Whether it’s in the first draft, last draft or the subsequent proof-reads, we know that something intrinsically painful usually awaits us at a junction ahead. The one that I acutely remember, with distinctly shivering glands, is the ‘comma crisis!’