5 best books on writing for beginners and beyond

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Whether you’re starting out in creative writing or looking to fine-tune your writing craft, there are a wealth of reference … Read More

The most important advice I can give to fellow writers

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“What’s it like to see your book in print?” is a question I’ve been asked a lot recently and the … Read More

Don’t give ’em a reason to stop reading – Things I learned while writing Dead Ringer

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One of my favourite pieces of feedback I’ve got on Dead Ringer is: “I stayed up past my bedtime reading … Read More

Should writers be sweating the adverb?

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I recently read a prominent author’s top three writing tips and one of them was that old chestnut, “don’t use … Read More

Why do mediocre novels get published? My theory (and what writers can learn from it)

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There’s little more frustrating than picking up a book and realising it’s BAY-AD. The characters are cardboard cut-outs. The action … Read More

Embrace the idea of multiple drafts – Things I learned while writing Dead Ringer

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I’ve spent a lot of my writing life harbouring under the delusion that my first draft needed to be perfect. … Read More

5 of the best audiobooks for new listeners

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Looking to download an audiobook, but not sure where to start? Here are five of the best I’ve listened to. … Read More

5 tips for killing it in your next podcast or radio interview

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I’ve been doing a few radio and virtual interviews recently to promote Dead Ringer and I’ve made plenty of mistakes … Read More

How I made £250 using cashback websites

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I’ve been using cashback websites like Topcashback and Quidco for a couple of years now. Here are my experiences – … Read More

My favourite thing about being published in The People’s Friend is…

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…the illustrations! It’s magical to open up the magazine and see a short story of mine brought to life with … Read More

To Newcastle in a flash: my experience of reading at Virtual Noir at the Bar

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One unexpected upside of a global pandemic is that it makes “travel” much easier. Virtual travel, to book events, anyway. … Read More

Build compelling characters using reality TV archetypes

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For guaranteed drama, take a leaf out a casting director’s book and use reality TV archetypes to build fascinating characters … Read More

5 writing lessons you can learn from reality TV

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Here’s a writing assignment for you: turn on the TV! The reality TV casting process provides a devilishly fun way … Read More

The one thing I changed about my writing process that took me from slush pile to publication

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I made one (very simple) change to my writing process a couple of years ago that’s been truly transformative. Previously, … Read More

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