Monthly Archives: November 2013

How and why I started writing

This is a question I am often asked when at writers groups and conferences. The answer is a common one, one that I am sure will resonate with many others writers and writers in waiting. The “when” I started writing … Continue reading

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Why a copy editor is esential for your writing project.

I am currently on the island that is “book written, now edit.” It’s a lonely inhospitable place, but all writers go there at some stage in a book’s life. I have seven books like that, yes, seven. Three fantasy, three … Continue reading

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Writers – the importance of a good programme/timeline in planning your novel

I have recently been writing the third book of a series and have used NaNoWriMo as my vehicle for it this year. Straight away I was faced with a problem, I couldn’t keep track of who was where and more importantly … Continue reading

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How compiling chapter summaries got me out of a rut in Chapter 3

Writing can be a challenging occupation even when you have all of your ducks lined up neat and tidy. Sometimes there is just an invisible entity that is preventing you from storming through and writing the great piece you set … Continue reading

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Writers – never give up, never surrender

Writers write because they have to. It may be a piece they have been working on for ages, or just something that bursts out of their head right there and then and they have to get it down on paper or … Continue reading

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Editing and proof reading – the reality

I thought I was quite a good writer in that I can write quickly and I could approach the editing stages with a cold determination to route out all of the unwanted and unnecessary in my novels. Not a bit … Continue reading

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