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Claire Douglas on When an Idea is 'The One' guest authors novel writing process Mar 13, 2022

Claire Douglas won the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award with her first novel, The Sisters, which was followed by Local Girl Missing, Last Seen Alive, Do Not Disturb, Then She Vanishes and Just...

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Top Twenty Children’s Fiction Books writing for children Feb 27, 2022

What are the top twenty children's fiction books? Middle Grade children's fiction author Polly Ho-Yen picks her favourite children's novels and explains why.

From the desk of Polly Ho-Yen.

The best...

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How to Write Dialogue in Fiction novel writing techniques Feb 20, 2022

Have you ever read a book with a fantastic story, only to wish the dialogue was – well, a little better written?

‘The characters all sounded the same.’

‘Nobody talks like...

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Ajay Chowdhury on Rewriting editing your novel guest authors Feb 13, 2022

Ajay Chowdhury is the award-winning author of crime thrillers The Waiter and The Cook. As well as being a novelist, Ajay is a theatre director and tech entrepreneur who founded Shazam and...

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How to Open a Novel with Literary Agent Marilia Savvides literary agents Feb 06, 2022

Are you wondering how to open a novel? You’re not alone. It can be one of the biggest sticking points writers face – not least because it’s often what will grab (or not!) the...

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Katherine Arden on Resilience for Writers fantasy guest authors Jan 30, 2022

Katherine Arden is the author of the Winternight trilogy that begins with The Bear and the Nightingale, "a wonderfully layered novel of family and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic" (Robin...

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How to Write a Fantasy Series fantasy writing a series of novels Jan 23, 2022

Our author tutor Tasha Suri is the award-winning author of The Books of Ambha duology (Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash) and the epic fantasy trilogy The Burning...

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Books for Writers novel writing process Jan 16, 2022

 What exactly is a book for a writer? Any work that inspires, motivates and educates can be classed as such.

The kind of craft books we connect with are deeply personal ­­–...

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How to Create Tension in a Story: The Moral Dilemma crime and suspense novel writing techniques Jan 09, 2022

As you set about writing – or editing – a gripping novel, you might come up against the question of how to add tension to your story. Maybe you’ve got a great idea that packs in...

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Writing a Novel in 2022 novel writing process Jan 02, 2022

Our Founder offers some words of inspiration for writers for the year ahead with a look at: motivation, structure, planning and plotting a novel.

The last lines of the poem Lockdown by the Poet...

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How to Write a Children’s Book meet the team writing for children Dec 26, 2021

As a writer for children, Polly Ho-Yen often gets asked: how do you convincingly write a child character? She explains how in this blog.

Twas the day after Christmas when all through the house, old...

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Stacey Halls on Being Edited editing your novel guest authors Dec 19, 2021

Stacey Halls is the author of The Familiars, which was the bestselling debut novel of 2019. Her second historical fiction novel The Foundling was published in 2020, and her...

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Diana Evans on Instincts in Writing guest authors novel writing process Dec 12, 2021

Diana Evans is the award-winning, bestselling author of Ordinary PeopleThe Wonder and 26a. Her prize nominations include the Guardian and Commonwealth Best First Book...

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How To Write a Synopsis editing your novel Dec 05, 2021

If you want an agent to represent your novel, you're going to have to write a damned good synopsis.

That's right – it's not enough to spend months of your life crafting tens of thousands...

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