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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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…

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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…

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7 Gleanings from Reading a Stack of Books

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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…

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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….

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Introducing Your Protagonist

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This may seem obvious, and I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but unless you have an excellent reason for not doing so, the first person you need to introduce your readers to is your protagonist . . .

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