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People with Issues- give your characters a problem

One of my biggest challenges when coming up with story ideas is the perennial ‘give your characters a problem.’ This is something writing advice tells me I must do, yet it seems so difficult and I’m not sure why. Then… Continue Reading →

Generating fun

I spent some time today discovering the most frequently used words in romance novel titles (Thanks, Mills and Boon catalogue!) and used my new knowledge to update my Romance Novel Title Generator. Find a link to it here. My research… Continue Reading →

Nanowrimo – week three support

This week is the worst. You’ll be at the middle of your novel, if you’re lucky (I am usually at the very start of the middle) and here is where things get real. The stuff you’ve spent thousands of words… Continue Reading →

Nanowrimo – week two consolation

Day 8. You are not even halfway through this thing and you’re flying along. Ten thousand or so words under your belt. Keep writing. Keep tracking it both on your tracker sheet, and of course on the Nano website. Check… Continue Reading →

Nanowrimo – week one motivation

Want to get through the first seven days of National Novel Writing Month? Start here. Day 1. If you haven’t declared your novel’s title, excerpt and premise on the Nanowrimo website, do this. Use the first part of your first… Continue Reading →

7 Day Creative Writing Challenge – 7 Quick tips

7 day creative writing  challenge. Story a day in May. These are the kinds of challenges I cannot resist, but right now I must, because of various Real Life things which require my time and energy.  But … I really… Continue Reading →

Boost productivity with a weekly writing planner

I’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

Firstly, 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?

I 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 Ways to win Nanowrimo – write a novel in a month

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

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