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Ten Tips for Writing Gothic Fiction and Ghost Stories 👻 novel writing techniques Oct 30, 2022

Halloween is here and in the spirit of the spooky season, we’ve been thinking about gothic literature and how we can write gothic fiction that sends shivers down our readers’ spines....

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Literary Agent Rebecca Scherer Shares Her Publishing Wishlist literary agents Oct 23, 2022

As writers, it’s natural to be curious about what literary agents and publishing houses are looking for. After all, securing a literary agent is something many of us who try our hand at ...

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Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing getting published Oct 16, 2022

You might be curious about self-publishing vs traditional publishing, perhaps now more than ever. In recent years we’ve seen self-published authors sky-rocket to fame and success...

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Get Started Writing Historical Fiction historical fiction starting to write Oct 09, 2022

Historical fiction is a rich genre filled with inspirational real-life characters and fascinating historical contexts to explore. But when you decide to write it, how do you get started?

This is a...

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How to Write a Children’s Book writing for children Oct 05, 2022

Writing children’s books involves a distinct writing process compared to writing adult fiction. After all, in the adult fiction world, your target audience is based largely on your...

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Catriona Ward and the Power of Writing Horror guest authors Oct 02, 2022

Writing horror is a thrilling endeavour, but the genre offers more than spine-tingling fun to authors and readers alike. In this blog post, internationally bestselling author Catriona Ward...

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Three Key Elements of Crime Fiction crime and suspense Sep 25, 2022

The crime genre can be a wonderful playground for writers, where they get to push boundaries, explore human nature, play with reader expectations, and find inventive ways to create suspense. But...

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How to Structure a Scene novel writing techniques Sep 18, 2022

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the enormity of a task – for instance, writing a book? Well here’s your handy guide to breaking it down into manageable chunks that you’ll...

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Samantha Shannon on Language in Fantasy Fiction fantasy guest authors Sep 11, 2022

In a fantasy world, the author has enviable freedom in creating the language their characters speak. From ancient languages to fully fictional languages, the possibilities are exhilarating.

Even if...

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Main Characters in Children’s Books and YA Novels character development writing for children young adult fiction Sep 04, 2022

Have you ever encountered a main character in a children’s book or YA fiction that sticks in the mind and refuses to budge long after you’ve closed the pages of the book? What about a...

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Back to School For Writers, Too novel writing process Aug 28, 2022

Without wishing away the last days of summer, the autumn – or fall – is almost here. Ah, September. Fresh mornings, even fresher evenings, a cardigan over the shoulders...

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Character Agency and Why It Matters character development Aug 21, 2022

‘Character agency’ in fiction is used to describe the ability a character has to take action to affect the events of the story. 

It’s often used in a negative sense....

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3 Character Development Exercises character development Aug 14, 2022

So you’re writing a novel and you want to create compelling and believable characters. We’ve got just the thing! Here are three original and fun character development exercises created...

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How to Write a Three-Dimensional Character Using Psychology with Dr Stephanie Carty character development Aug 07, 2022

Nothing enlivens a story like a three-dimensional character, but creating one isn’t always easy. Dr Stephanie Carty, clinical psychologist and writer of fiction and non-fiction, joined us at...

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