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Editing Your First Draft

Editing on a tablet

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

3 Reasons to Set Your Novel in a Place You Don’t Know

imaginary palace

A couple of weeks ago I posted a writing tip with 7 reasons to set your novel in a place you know. This week we’re going to look at three reasons you might want to set your novel in a place you…

How to Find Your Writing Voice – 7 Quick Tips

Girl looking at her negative image

Mark, a writer-for-a-reason, recently requested input on developing a writing style/voice as an author. This topic can cause anxiety, and it’s something I don’t think I’ve ever covered, so really pleased to give you seven…

7 Gleanings from Reading a Stack of Books

fantastic library

We all know that if we want to be writers, we have to read. We can glean all sorts of things from other people’s stories – both good and bad. Having recently read a stack of books I was sent to review, I’m going to share seven…

3 More Things to Beware of when Writing Stories for Children

girl reading

Last week I mentioned seven writing issues I noticed when reading a stack of children’s novels, that could have been avoided. Since then, I’ve found some more! So here they are (on to something more positive next week, I promise)…

7 Things to Beware of when Writing Stories for Children

books

Over the last few months I have been reviewing books for a charity that puts Christian titles into libraries and other public places. So I have had the joy of having to read. 🙂 How about that for an excuse to read – sorry, can’t do that, I absolutely have to finish these books….

How to become the person you’ve always wanted to be!

Janet Wilson

As Christians writing for a reason we can get so caught up in being earnest that we forget that writing should be fun. OK, yes, it’s work too, but it should certainly have some lighter moments . . . and who knows where those lighter moments might take you?

Here’s an idea to give you a break from your novel:

Going on a journey? Three things to remember!

London's Gone from Dernier Publishing

If your characters are going on a journey to reach a destination and final victory, think about how long the journey should take, and how many crises they are going to have to face on the way. Here are three questions you will need to ask yourself for your journey . . .