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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…

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

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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…

What do cooking smells, fresh flowers in a vase and a polished table have in common?

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Showing not telling is a great way to add X factor to your novels. We’ve discussed it before, but there’s no harm in mentioning it again, because if you can use…

How to Find Your Writing Voice – 7 Quick Tips

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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…

Dialogue Tags

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The latest Write for a Reason course has just come to an end… as always it’s been lots of fun, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know the students. One issue that has cropped up once again, as it often seems to, is the use of dialogue tags. I’ve mentioned this…

3 More Things to Beware of when Writing Stories for Children

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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

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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….