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How to Start Writing a Book starting to write Apr 09, 2023

The moment you start writing is perhaps the most exciting of the writing process. But don’t worry if you also find it daunting! You have the whole world at your fingertips, with only the...

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5 Creative Writing Prompts to Develop Your Craft novel writing techniques starting to write Apr 02, 2023

While writing inspiration can strike at any time in your everyday life, there are many things we can do to get our creative juices flowing or stir up some story ideas when the dreaded...

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What Is Chekhov’s Gun and How Can You Use It? editing your novel novel writing techniques Mar 26, 2023

You may have heard the term ‘Chekhov’s gun’ thrown around in conversations about effective writing and plot development – particularly if you’re writing crime and ...

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The Elements of Yann Martel’s Writing Life guest authors Mar 19, 2023

Yann Martel is the author of eight published works, including novels, short stories and collected letters – several of which have been New York Times bestsellers. His third...

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Pacing a Novel: Practical Tips editing your novel novel writing techniques Mar 12, 2023

Whatever genre you’re writing in, the pace at which your story moves is incredibly important. In fact, pacing isn’t just for novels; if you’re working on a short story, a...

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How Beth O’Leary Writes Her Bestsellers guest authors romance up lit Mar 05, 2023

If ever an author could distill a big cuddle and a warm cup of tea into book form, it’s Beth O’Leary! The Sunday Times bestselling author of heart-warming and hilarious books including...

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Writing a Novel novel writing process Mar 02, 2023

Our Founder and Course Director, Booker Prize-listed and award-winning author, Louise Dean offers some writing advice for those of you thinking about writing a novel. If you want some...

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The Best Creative Writing Classes Mar 01, 2023

As most established writers will tell you, creative writing classes are invaluable, if not indispensable. As with any craft or trade, we all have to learn writing skills somewhere, and online...

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What is UpLit? up lit Feb 26, 2023

If you’re interested in the world of books and trends in the publishing industry, you may well have heard of UpLit. Or it might be a brand new term and a total mystery to you! Either way,...

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Becky Hunter’s Success Story graduates success stories Feb 22, 2023

We are over the moon for our graduate Becky Hunter, who is celebrating the launch of her novel One Moment this March! She wrote this stunning debut using our Finished Novel Course,...

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An Interview with Sarah Vaughan, Author of Global Bestsellers crime and suspense guest authors Feb 19, 2023

Sarah Vaughan is the author of five novels, including the instant international bestseller Anatomy of a Scandal, which has been translated into twenty-four languages and adapted into a hit series...

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Writing A Book About Your Life memoir starting to write Feb 12, 2023

Do you look back on your own life and think it would make a great memoir? Have you had an amazing life story that seems to have a narrative arc already built in? Do you have an incredible...

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Trident Media Group Submissions: Ten Tips for a Perfect Package getting published literary agents Feb 05, 2023

If you’ve ever thought about getting yourself a literary agent, you’ve almost certainly looked into how you should put together your submissions package and write a cover letter for...

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Internal and External Conflict in Fiction character development novel writing techniques Jan 29, 2023

Writers working in every genre and for every age group will doubtless hear a lot about the importance of story conflict. After all, conflict drives the story forward, creates satisfying character...

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