How to choose a story that you love

What’s the single most likely factor that will determine whether or not you successfully complete that novel you’re working on? It is simply this: whether or not you truly love the story you’re telling. If you care about your story enough, you will feel compelled to put in the time required, day after day [...]

How to choose a story that you love2024-02-01T23:10:26+13:00

Should I write a novel this year?

Is one of your new year’s resolutions for 2024 to write a novel? If you’re still considering whether perhaps this should be one of your resolutions, we’ve put together a short list of reasons why you should and shouldn’t write a novel this year. Have a read, and see what resonates with you! Why [...]

Should I write a novel this year?2024-01-14T14:02:09+13:00

Breaking the mould – yes or no?

While we like to think that one of the great things about getting creative is that there are no rules to follow, you don’t have to delve far into creative writing courses and guidebooks to discover that there are, indeed, several ‘rules’ that you ought to stick to when writing your novel. Your novel [...]

Breaking the mould – yes or no?2023-11-22T22:26:23+13:00

Writing: good, bad and brilliant

We’ve all read one: a book so badly written that it made us want to fling it across the room rather than put up with reading another chapter. (Some of us will have struggled through to the end, while some of us might actually have flung it across the room…) When a book is [...]

Writing: good, bad and brilliant2023-09-18T22:31:47+12:00

Has your story stalled? Three solutions to revitalize your writing!

We’ve all experienced that horrible feeling of getting stuck. We had a perfectly good story idea, maybe we even got started writing it, but now we’re unable to make any progress. Maybe you call it ‘writer’s block’, maybe you’d describe it as feeling ‘lost’ as to where your story is going, or maybe for [...]

Has your story stalled? Three solutions to revitalize your writing!2023-04-12T19:58:19+12:00

Two (counter intuitive) secrets of writing good dialogue

Good dialogue should be easy to write, right? After all, we all have a lot of real-life experience to draw on for inspiration. We spend a lot of our time having conversations with our friends, family and colleagues, and we’re constantly hearing fragments of other people’s conversations in cafes, at bus stops, at work… [...]

Two (counter intuitive) secrets of writing good dialogue2023-03-31T23:01:56+13:00

Six Core Marketing Methods for Authors

A solid marketing strategy is crucial to maximize your author career and to gain long-term income from your writing. Your individual goals and circumstances will determine the mix of marketing methods that best suit you. The six most common methods that authors use to market their books are listed below, along with their strengths [...]

Six Core Marketing Methods for Authors2022-11-04T01:08:29+13:00

Why don’t my villain’s “redeeming characteristics” work?

...and how do I genuinely make my villain more human? If the villain of your story insists on demanding huge ransoms while cackling demonically and perhaps even stroking a pet cat, it’s time to do some serious editing! And your villain doesn’t need to be exaggerated to need editing – they may be just [...]

Why don’t my villain’s “redeeming characteristics” work?2022-05-03T19:28:17+12:00

How to be a productive writer this year – our top three tips

New year, new blank page. Have you made a new year’s resolution to write more, to get started on that novel, or something along those lines? Whether you’re one to make resolutions or one to just be generally determined to become a more productive writer in 2022, we’ve got some tips for you to [...]

How to be a productive writer this year – our top three tips2022-01-07T08:03:05+13:00

Help – my character is misbehaving!

Oh, the horror of that moment, when you know exactly what should be happening next in your story, but it’s clear that your character has other ideas. Some of us like to keep a tight rein on our characters and stay in control of the plot at all times, while others prefer to let [...]

Help – my character is misbehaving!2021-12-18T14:24:15+13:00
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