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How Poetry Can Strengthen Your Writing Craft

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I love hearing new methods for improving the order and shape of sentences. It’s hard as you’re writing and editing to feel like you’re creating something that is new and unique and worthy of reading. Writer and editor, Amy Cowen, offers some practical types for getting the special rhythm and bright imagery of poetry into your prose and blog writing. Take it away Amy!   Professional novelists know the importance of reading everything that comes their way. They know that different […]

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6 Tips for Writing Faster

I’m always keen on different techniques I can use to maximise my writing time, especially since starting my own App business this year. While I don’t necessarily agree that writing faster gives you a better, more concise manuscript, I do think that it gives you something to work with and fix up much quicker than if you ‘let the muse come to you’. Which is why when Stephanie approached me with this piece I jumped at the chance to add a new technique or two to my […]

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Have A Character Named After You

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I’m very excited to announce that the second book in my Madeline Cain series, Madeline Cain: Adventures In Fashion, is set to be released on the 29th of December. The book will be available for pre-order from the 12th of December, and the first book in the series will be at 99 cents from the 19th of December until the second book’s release. At the end of the pre-launch I’ll be doing a post analysing what worked and what didn’t! Also, as part […]

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Lessons Learnt From Fiction Unboxed

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This is how successful indie authors do it y’all!   Welcome to the first video in my little vlogging experiment, where I break apart the Fiction Unboxed writing series presented in June by the guys from the Self-Publishing Podcast, Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant and David Wright. This course, which I had the pleasure of taking part in live, shows writers the processes Sean, Johnny and David used to create over 1.5 million words last year. Just a disclaimer, I am […]

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How To Include Indigenous Characters In Your Story When You’re A White Man

Including Indigenous characters into novels has always been a sensitive area, many indigenous cultures across the world have been exploited, victimized and misrepresented by historians and writers who see the exotic and think to claim and alter culture to suit their plot. However, if the world went the other way and authors avoided writing about characters of ethnicity different to them, I feel like it would be sweeping cultural differences, challenges, diverse stories and history under the rug. Avoiding things […]

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Balancing Fact & Fiction – Helen Carey’s Top Tips For Historical Novelists


One of the hardest lines to walk as an author is the fact/fiction line. How much detail has to be ‘real’? When is it ok to throw the research to the winds? At what point is the research you’re doing, too much? I know I’ve gotten caught in the ‘research’ cycle before, where I couldn’t move forward because I had to find out some tiny detail, like the number of neon signs in Times Square.  Today’s guest post is from […]

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Debunking Plot Myths

There are so many writing rules and myths bandied about that it is hard to figure out what is someone ranting, and what is good advice. What is needed to write a novel and what is padding. In today’s guest post author, Jordan Rosenfeld, shatters some of the myths around creating a good plot. Plot: literary writers often love to hate it, and genre writers live by its guidelines.  If you’re a pantser (as in fly-by-the-seat-of) you resist what you […]

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The Most Important Thing A Writer Must Do To Succeed

Getting started in the self-publishing game isn’t as easy as some make it out to be. If you don’t like writing, a LOT, then the climb to an appreciable number of sales is long. But how do you start producing more work, faster? Today’s guest post (The first for the year! If you’re keen to write one go here) is from the amusing Dylan White, an author who I’ve know for several years and who has finally started to gain […]

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2014 The Year of Marvellous Writing – January Round Up

I mentioned  in a blog post at the end of last year that I would be refining the posts in this blog, not only focusing on e-book publishing and marketing, but also on what makes a great book, what you need to make sure your writing is the best it can be before releasing it on the unsuspecting public. We all get so caught up in the technicalities and multiple avenues of publishing and marketing that we forget what makes a writing career is […]

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How To Release Your Inner Creativity

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Make This The Year You Call Yourself A Writer At the start of every year I like to give myself a kick up the wazoo by reading an ‘inspirational book’. Something that gets my mind so motivated that it’s doing star jumps and one handed push-ups with a dinosaur on its back. Yes, there are dinosaurs living in my head (what, they’re not living in yours? Are you sure you’re a writer?), they make sure I keep to my word […]

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