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Boost productivity with a weekly writing planner

Reading Time: 4 minutesI’ve been working on a secret project lately, and I’m excited to share it with you at last. But first I want to talk about the biggest problem we face as part-time writers. You already know it: time. Everybody has other… Continue Reading →

PaperRules for creativity! What I learned from PaperWeek

Reading Time: 8 minutesFirstly, sorry if you saw a bizarre empty blog post email earlier. I pressed a key by mistake… doh! The Poem a Day blog post is coming soon. Meanwhile, onto today’s post: I spent a week focusing on paper for… Continue Reading →

Exciting Writing – why is it rewarding to write?

Reading Time: 3 minutesI spent a morning recently building some interactive online dashboards as part of my day job. It was not exciting work and mostly it was frustrating, as software wouldn’t co-operate, or connections fell over halfway through trying to achieve a thing. I… Continue Reading →

30 Nanowrimo strategies – write a novel in a month

Reading Time: 5 minutesHere are 30 strategies which I use to write a novel in 30 days. It can be used for Nanowrimo, or whenever you just want to get that first draft done. Divvy up the action. It’s 1660 words a day… Continue Reading →

Book blog: You’re a Writer – So Start Acting Like One

Reading Time: 1 minuteI’ve just finished reading this book by Jeff Goins. I love it. I love how the power of just saying and believing those words – I am a writer – makes amazing things happen. I love how hard work and… Continue Reading →

Book blog: Say ‘oo’ to induce terror

Reading Time: 2 minutesRayne Hall’s book details many useful techniques for writing fight scenes. The chapters are mostly divided by the type of weapon being used – Sword, Club, Firearms etc – and the book also identifies fights as either gritty or entertaining, and guides on psychology…. Continue Reading →

Accountability: write more words!

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis week I need to make some writing progress: 10,000 words in a week. This is perfectly achievable given my prior history of writing 12,000 words in one day. But to be sure, I am setting myself no other targets…. Continue Reading →

Master post on outlining a novel – 21 ways to outline your book

Reading Time: 2 minutesIn my attempts to outline my novel I did a lot of online reading as well as the books I’ve previously mentioned. Google will find you many sites which offer help with outlining a (fiction) book, but I’ve gathered 20 useful articles…. Continue Reading →

Novel structure – James Scott Bell and my book outlining challenge

Reading Time: 4 minutesI’ve now finished reading James Scott Bell’s SuperStructure. I was a bit sniffy about it in an earlier post and didn’t feel it could apply to me. But now I’ve changed my mind, or at least, moved the furniture round. I’m ready… Continue Reading →

Outlining challenge- finish my novel outline in two days

Reading Time: 2 minutesThis week I have a mission – to finish the outline for my book. I’ve been working on it for a few weeks, by reading from some experts, plus actually drafting some outlines, mind maps and scene lists. I think it… Continue Reading →

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