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Writing Tips From Authors novel writing process Jan 01, 2023

We asked over 200 successful published authors what would be their one top tip they would give to other writers – the silver bullet – and were pleased to share them with you for...

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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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Can Creative Writing Be Taught? novel writing process Jul 03, 2022

Can creative writing be taught? It’s something many of us have pondered. Whether you’re just thinking about taking a creative writing course, or you’re already enrolled and hoping...

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How to Write a Hook for a Novel getting published novel writing process May 29, 2022

It’s a truth universally acknowledged in the publishing industry: if there’s one thing any writer needs to ensure success for their novel, it’s a good hook. It’s how...

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Writing Your Next Best Novel novel writing process May 08, 2022

Starting out as a writer is daunting – and hugely exciting! You’re just figuring out how to write a novel – or how you write a novel. And writing...

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Clare Mackintosh on Coping with Failure guest authors novel writing process Mar 27, 2022

There are lots of things you can expect from the writing life: excitement, fun, creative freedom, deep rewards, lifelong friends. But another thing you can almost count on is the fact you will,...

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

Sometimes, writers have a swarm of ideas buzzing around their brains. Every overheard conversation on the bus, every dishwashing daydream, every insistent but why? from a child can spark off a new...

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Katherine Arden on Resilience for Writers guest authors novel writing process Jan 30, 2022

As all of us who have tried our hand at the writing life know, self doubt and an inner critic can be the biggest hurdles we face. But resilient writers are successful writers, and self esteem is a...

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Books on Writing novel writing process Jan 16, 2022

Books on writing aren’t necessarily the only books that can help writers hone their craft. After all, any work that inspires, motivates and educates is of immense value to fiction writers and...

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

In this blog post to ring in 2022, our Founder and Course Director Louise Dean offers some words of inspiration for writers for the year ahead. If you want some wisdom on crucial topics like...

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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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Why It’s Better to Write Together novel writing process Nov 28, 2021

Writing is liberating, exciting, deeply rewarding. But it can also be a solitary endeavour. And this solitude can become an obstacle – we all need a bit of support and camaraderie to keep...

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Rachel Joyce on How to Overcome Self Doubt as a Writer guest authors novel writing process up lit Nov 21, 2021

Rachel Joyce is the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of six books, including The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy...

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Writing With Evie Wyld guest authors novel writing process Oct 31, 2021

Evie Wyld is an award-winning writer of three novels and a graphic novel. She was born in London and brought up on both her grandparents’ sugar cane farm in New South Wales, Australia, as...

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