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8 NaNoWriMo Tips To Help You Succeed

8 NaNoWriMo Tips To Help You Succeed

NaNoWriMo — or National Novel Writing Month — is almost upon us! We've got some great Nanowrimo tips coming up. Nanowrimo kicks off November 1st and if you take part you commit to writing 50k words in the month of November. There's a great community and lots of support, so it's a brilliant time to...

How I Got My Publisher – Journey To Publication Part 2

How I Got My Publisher – Journey To Publication Part 2

Publication can look many different ways, but in this two-part series we’re talking to Emily Lowrey and Alyssa Hollingsworth about their journeys. You can check out the first entry here, where Emily outlines her journey to signing with a literary agent. Below you’ll find part two, where Alyssa...

How I Got My Agent – Journey To Publication Part 1

How I Got My Agent – Journey To Publication Part 1

There are many paths to publication, all of which are valid and a very individual choice for the writer. The following blog post is written by Emily Lowrey, as she documents her own journey to publication. Part one will follow Emily on how she signed with her agent, Amber Caraveo at Skylark...

How to Create a Beautiful Story Aesthetic

How to Create a Beautiful Story Aesthetic

Story aesthetic graphics can be a fabulous way to brainstorm, build your world, and to share your excitement about your manuscript. But what is a story aesthetic? It’s something a little like this:A story aesthetic is a collage of images that capture the mood or visuals of your story. It can...

Character Description Tips: How To Describe your Characters Effectively

Character Description Tips: How To Describe your Characters Effectively

Character description can be a challenge. How much information is too much? Which parts are your readers even interested in? How do you describe your character without falling into age-old clichè territory? Let’s have a look! In this article we will cover:-   How to describe a character in an...

Backstory: How to write backstory effectively

Backstory: How to write backstory effectively

Backstory is important. Having the reader learn more about your character’s past can help them understand who they are and how they’ll react in certain situations. However, there’s a fine line between giving useful information to your reader and boring them to tears! It’s important — vitally...

How (and Why) You Should Make a Story Playlist

How (and Why) You Should Make a Story Playlist

A story playlist can open up whole new worlds of brainstorming and inspiration. After all, creativity feeds creativity. Art feeds art. Music feeds thought process and nurtures creativity. We can’t paint while we write, but we can listen to music. Doing so while writing can boost productivity, word...

Why Your Story Should Always Have A Hook

Why Your Story Should Always Have A Hook

In this blog we’re going to cover two elements of “the hook.” We’re going to cover why you should begin your story with a hook — a gripping moment, the inciting incident — and also why, when you’re beginning to form the basis of a new story, you should think long and hard about its hook before you...

Children’s Books for World Refugee Day

Children’s Books for World Refugee Day

Start your book World Refugee Day is just around the corner, and we plan to honor the day with our nose in some excellent and educational children's books. With its delicate care and heartwarming hope, Children's literature brims with beautiful examples of hard topics tackled sensitively. No where...

How To Write Better Dialogue

How To Write Better Dialogue

Write Better Dialogue Your character's voice — the words they choose and how, when, and why they say them — is an integral part to any character. Each of your characters should sound true to themselves, and their dialogue should reflect their character traits. Learning to write better dialogue is...

Active vs. Passive Voice: What’s the Difference?

Active vs. Passive Voice: What’s the Difference?

Both passive and active voice have a powerful impact on how readers interact with the story, but many writers confuse the two. Let’s clear things up and examine the key differences between them (plus when passive voice is really okay!). 

How to Write a Compelling Antagonist

How to Write a Compelling Antagonist

Every good story needs conflict. Without conflict we’re left with a loose plot, no real goal, and no tension to keep us reading on. Often in fiction, a well-written villain can be more memorable than even your protagonist. They can often work together in chaotic harmony — a yin and yang — to...

Pinterest for Writers

Pinterest for Writers

Pinterest has a hundred and one uses, whether you’re decorating your house, planning a wedding, or getting travel inspiration. If you’re unfamiliar with the platform, Pinterest is a virtual mood board. You can pin photos to different boards to create some ideas and themes for whatever you're...

How to Identify and Cut Your Crutch Words

How to Identify and Cut Your Crutch Words

All writers have weaknesses, and for many of us they're hidden within our sentences. Crutch words. These are the words we overuse, words that don't add to the story itself and often aren't even needed. Whether you're out to cut bulk from a too-long manuscript or simply hoping to strengthen your...

10 Myths about Writers

10 Myths about Writers

There is an abundance of myths about writers. Some have a grain of truth and others are wildly off base, but all have a big impact on how we put pen to paper. Let’s bust the most common misconceptions we see and get to the bottom of what makes a writer a writer! Myth #1 You have to be published...

7 Writing Rules you can (and should) Break

7 Writing Rules you can (and should) Break

Even though the editorial process is there to iron out any problems, it can be hard to know what the rules of writing are. Let’s kick off with our top 7 writing rules you can leave behind!

Thinking about Theme

Thinking about Theme

Research has found that reading to children helps to shape their understanding of the world. It’s no surprise that many parents seek out stories that deliver helpful lessons through theme.

Sparking Creativity with Short Stories

Sparking Creativity with Short Stories

The more you write, the more you edit, and the more you look out for ideas, the better you get. Luckily, there’s the perfect format for you; short stories!

5 Fantastic Ways to Start your Book

5 Fantastic Ways to Start your Book

The way you start your book, no matter the style, shows the reader that the rest of the story will be written in the same way; start yours with confidence.

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