Hello again, and welcome to this week’s creative writing tip!
In your writing, look out for stereotypes. If I say “grandma” to you, what image comes to mind? Grandparents of ten-year-old children are more likely to be in their fifties and sixties than seventies and eighties. And they’re not all sat at home with a cat/rug on their knee – they are likely to be at work and busy! I know because I have a ten-year-old grandson. 🙂
Keep an eagle eye out for dads washing cars while mums bake, or boys playing football while girls go shopping.
Still with characters: it’s important to be inclusive. Could one of your characters have a disability? Are several ethnic groups represented in your story?
Keep up the good work, folks! And if you feel they are useful, please pass on these writing tips to your friends!
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Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s free creative writing tip! I have taken this one from our monthly programme, which you are more than welcome to join if you want to go deeper with your writing. No worries if that’s not for you right now – I hope this will be helpful. 🙂
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Morning, writer friends!
Today’s creative writing tip is for you, if you have finished the first draft of a novel. (Congratulations if you have, by the way!)
Here are my four BIG TIPS:
1. Leave your first draft alone for a while – a couple of weeks if possible. Coming to your story with fresh eyes will help enormously.
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Creative writing tip of the week – Getting Clarity
Uncertainty can stop us writing.
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Hi Writer Friends,
I have a really important creative writing related question for you this week:
What is your protagonist’s greatest need?
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Apologies for a very late writing tip this week – I have been away to Ireland, visiting my brother, who moved to Co. Mayo last year (and it was my first time on Irish soil – what a beautiful land!).
Anyway, here’s a question for you – something to think about over the weekend, maybe?
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Hi everyone, and welcome to your creative writing tip of the week!
I make a habit of reading books of the age we publish for at Dernier Publishing, for research. It’s amazing how much you can learn from what other people have written. I thoroughly recommend it (if you’ve been receiving these tips any length of time you’ll know that!).
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Hello again everyone, and thanks for being here. I do enjoy writing these tips, and they help me, too! Before I was a publisher I was a writer, and I still like to keep my hand in, so all the things I write here I try to put into practice myself. 🙂
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