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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…

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

flowers in a vase

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…

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…