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

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

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

Short stories published in The Sunday Express and The People’s Friend

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In the last month, short stories of mine have appeared in the Sunday Express S Magazine and The People’s Friend. … Read More

How to get your book published

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The path to getting your novel or non-fiction book published can be circuitous and confusing, so here’s my step-by-step guide … Read More

5 ways to make your fiction unputdownable

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Even quiet stories can (and should) have that gotta-keep-reading quality to them. But how can we as writers make sure … Read More

How I got my short stories published in The People’s Friend

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This week marks my seventh short story published by women’s magazine The People’s Friend. But mine wasn’t an instant success … Read More

One bad habit that writers need to break

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It’s time to stop cringing when people ask if you’re a writer. It’s time to stop waving your hand when … Read More

The People’s Friend’s Writer of the Week

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I’m thrilled to be The People’s Friend’s Writer of the Week. Here’s a short interview from their blog. What inspired … Read More

The 10 people who’ll critique your writing

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Joining a writing group is probably the best thing I’ve ever done, in terms of improving my writing. Getting other … Read More

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