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Getting started writing a novel: five things you should know

The Writers’ Café book How to Successfully Write Your First Novel lets you in on the secrets that most novel-writing books don’t tell you. It takes a real, honest look at what it’s really like to write a book for the first time, when you’re new to the world of fiction-writing and perhaps a little [...]

Getting started writing a novel: five things you should know2024-04-13T08:45:55+12:00

Why you shouldn’t write a novel

(or, how about giving short fiction a try?) Guest post by Sharni Wilson Writing a novel: no one said it was easy. It takes a long time and a lot of headspace. With a relatively longer piece of writing, small problems can be magnified and take more time and effort to overcome. Whether you’re [...]

Why you shouldn’t write a novel2024-03-03T13:28:31+13:00

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
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