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Tension – the Ebb and Flow

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Are you good at building up tension in your story, then letting your readers relax again? It’s an important skill for story writers. It’s like stretching a piece of elastic… just when it’s about to snap, you let it go. Phew! This process helps…

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Children Save the Day!

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Hello again my writer friends, and yes, it’s Monday again, so time for a new creative writing tip! This week I wanted to write about something which will help you with your stories, so I picked a topic which is essential…

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Three Reasons You Might Receive a Rejection Letter from a Publisher

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Everyone hates rejection letters. Nobody likes being rejected! As a publisher, I hate writing rejection letters, because I know how much time and emotion an author has invested in their book, and I understand how tough it is to have

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‘Show Don’t Tell’ Practice

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We look at ‘show don’t tell’ a lot here at Write for a Reason, because it is an essential technique for writing engaging stories…

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Three Things You Really Need to Know About Stakes

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We’ve all heard the expression the stakes are high… but why do they need to be high in your novel? I don’t think I’ve ever written a blog post specifically about stakes (not steaks, hehe!) before… but stakes are a vital part of any story, so here are three things you really need to know:…

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Editing Your First Draft

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People new to writing novels sometimes think that the words should flow straight out on to the page perfectly first time. This…

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