Category: Writing Tips

The 5 Pillars of Success!

What are the 5 pillars of success? Unless you have written a novel which unexpectedly boomed overnight, there are some important things to think about when it comes to success of your published novel. This advice is mostly aimed at self-publishers, however, can be used for traditionally published authors as well, making sure you are […]

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Showing vs Telling – Explained

I have touched on this subject before, but I feel it is such a large topic, which can be interpreted differently by different people as well. Writers around the world struggle with the ‘rule’ SHOW vs TELL. So, what does it really mean? To put it simple; it means that you need to SHOW the […]

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Authors get a voice in the publishing industry

Authors self-publishing their work is becoming a powerful trend in the publishing industry. Authors no longer need to wait for years to gain the attention of a publishing company, and they no longer need to go through letters upon letters of rejections. Self-publishing allows the author to be in control and own all the rights […]

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Self Publishing & Editing

Self-publishing on Amazon or Smashwords is such a convenience for writers – but with it comes some potential problems. Not only will there be books out there which are written quite poorly (that’s a given), but there are also a lot of books out which have missed out on professional editing. What does this mean […]

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Common dialogue mistakes

I have decided to show you a couple of common dialogue mistakes, which are both an easy fix. Grammar and punctuation can be difficult to understand, and know how to use at times, but once you know, it will stick with you! These are the two I come across quite frequently. Number one Punctuation in […]

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Showing vs Telling

A lot of writers ask about this one. What is showing, and what is telling? This is a quick guide you can use on your finished manuscript. Let’s start: Search for words like Scared, Hungry, Sad, Happy, in Love, Excited, Devastated, Cold, Angry. Now if you find you have used these words to describe a […]

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Why it is OKAY to pay for publishing

After months of research, and taking advantage of study material on the publishing industry, I decided to answer a few common questions about paying for publishing. I understand that people have their own opinions, and if you strongly believe you should not have to pay for anything, then I respect that, that is a personal […]

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Publishing Models

It’s 2017, and the publishing industry has changed. Dramatically so. Being a writer in 2017 is not very different to being a writer in 1990. But, we have a range of different options when it comes to taking that next step and publish our precious books. I am going to list the different options, and […]

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Rewriting – 3 tips

I present to you 3 tips on how to bring your story to life Your first draft can be bad, granted, but when it is time to go back and bring your characters and your plot to life, there are a few things to keep in mind. Info Dumps Don’t, just don’t include any info […]

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Dialogue tags – a quick guide

A lot of writers now a days are concerned about the fact that they use ‘said’ a lot in their story, and for a good reason, it is normally used a lot! I am here to tell you it is not only okay to use ‘said’ – it is recommended – but there are ways […]

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