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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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
Must Read-Short Story Collections for Kids!
Short stories are sometimes sweet, but always satisfying. To celebrate the wonderful world of short stories, check out our favourite collections!
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
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.
Top Tips for Getting Young Writers Inspired!
We get a lot of questions about writing, but one that appears time and time again is ‘how can we encourage young writers?’. Keep reading to discover how you can help any young writers (or old) to fall in love with writing again!
Retellings in Romance
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Let’s explore some of our favourite mythological figures of love who are ready to be retold.
Why Write Young Adult Fiction?
First loves, first heartbreak, first rejection, first success; teenage years are shaped by revelation, rebellion and self-discovery. Here are some great reasons to read and write young adult fiction.
Once Upon a Time: Writing Fractured Fairy Tales
Fairytales have endured for generations, but writing your own can be daunting. Read on to discover how you can create your own ‘happily ever after’ with your very own fractured fairytale!
Food for Thought; Helpful Hints for Writing about Thanksgiving!
Food for Thought; Helpful Hints for Writing about Thanksgiving!The new year is fast approaching, and you may already be itching to get that tree up. But, there’s still one day of celebration we can’t forget about; Thanksgiving! Just like Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving is a celebration unique to a few...
Trick or Treat! Our Favourite Books About All Things Sweet
With autumn nights drawing in closer, a certain spooktacular celebration is right around the corner… This Halloween, discover plenty of treats with a little hint of trickery as you sink your teeth into these sweet reads!
Welcome to Write Romance Fiction!
So, are you ready to be a romance writer You’ve taken the most important step, but besides putting pen to paper, here are our five top tips for making the most of your brand new writing course.
Be Bold for Change: Inspirational Female Authors
The theme for this International Women’s Day is ‘Be Bold for Change’, so we’ve put together some of our favourite female authors we read when we were children. Let’s take a look!
Cats in Books: Our Top Fictional Felines
The only thing second to real-life cats are the ones in books. So without further ado, here are some of our favourite fictional felines!
Winter is Coming: Using the Weather in Children’s Fiction
There are some fantastic techniques we can use to connect character and emotion with the weather. Keep reading to discover how you can inject some wintery magic into your stories!
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