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5 Ways to Keep Writing After NaNoWriMo

I am a huge fan of NaNoWriMo. Hand on heart, I can say that I would not be a professional author without this November scribbling frenzy and I owe the Office of Letters and Light a debt of gratitude. However, writing novels does not begin and end in November. It involves a commitment of several months and years if you’re ever going to write for something other than your desk drawer or your Dropbox. Here are my five tips for keeping writing after NaNoWriMo and travelling further up the road to publication: 1) Rest and Recharge On December 1st, take… Read More »5 Ways to Keep Writing After NaNoWriMo

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5 Top Tips For Making The Leap From Short Stories To Novels

So, you’ve had an idea? You woke up in the middle of the night with a title that just screams to be the name of the next bestselling novel, or a plot line that is leaping around your head with such fervour that it just has to hit the bookshelves. You’ve already written short stories, but a novel- that’s a hell of a lot of words! 1) Think of short story writing as your novel writing apprenticeship Short stories are a brilliant way for any writer to learn their craft. By learning to write to a word limit you can… Read More »5 Top Tips For Making The Leap From Short Stories To Novels

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5 Inspirational Ways to Research (Even When You’re Already Writing!)

It’s too late for research, you’re already writing??? NOT ON YOUR NELLY, writers – there’s always time for research, as fab author Alison Bond demonstrates … it can only HELP your writing! I must say, I’m a big fan of numbers 1 and 5!! Over to you Alison … Write what you know, they say. And if you don’t know, be prepared to learn all about it. Elizabeth Gilbert said that in order to write The Signature of All Things: “…for three straight years I sat in a chair, reading books about botany, evolution, abolition, women’s history, missionaries, Dutch 18th century commerce,… Read More »5 Inspirational Ways to Research (Even When You’re Already Writing!)

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5 Reasons Why We Write Realistic Fiction For Young Adults

With NaNoWrimo ploughing on, I thought many of you might be flagging right now, so I’m upping the ante with MORE great posts on novel writing from some brilliant guests and Bang2writers. Today we have Applecore Books with us, telling us why they write YA fiction. This served as a powerful reminder for me too for my Decision Books, but even if realistic YA is not *your* niche, Kate and Wendy offer some GREAT insights in this post – I love the idea of becoming a micropublisher, strength in numbers! Enjoy and check out the links in the post, too.… Read More »5 Reasons Why We Write Realistic Fiction For Young Adults

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12 Aspects To Consider During Character Development

I’m confident the below will give you a different perspective on developing those brilliant sparks of character ideas you have into longlasting heroes or heroines of your story. These tips are geared towards playwrights and screenwriters, plus they can be applied to novels for novelists too (but will need a slight spin to accommodate the nature of a novel). Let’s get to it! 1) Most Important onstage relationship. Your character will be interacting with many people throughout the course of the writing, but who will have his or her attention the most when they’re on stage, the screen or the… Read More »12 Aspects To Consider During Character Development

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5 Reasons To Write Novels

National Novel Writing Month aka NanoWrimo starts today!!! To celebrate, this November I’ll be asking author friends to stop by on B2W to share their thoughts on writing novels. To kick off, here’s best selling indie author Stevie Turner (A HOUSE WITHOUT WINDOWS) to share her insights on why she writes novels, in the hope that if you’re wondering whether to dip a toe in the writing pond this NanoWrimo, you’ll dive straight in. Enjoy & over to you, Stevie! 1) If you like doing it I reckon you’re either born creative or practical. If you’re creative, sooner or later that creativity… Read More »5 Reasons To Write Novels

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7 Steps To Road Test Your Concept

You MUST road test your concepts BEFORE you start writing. I can’t emphasise this enough. Too many writers conceive half-baked ideas and then try and run with them regardless … Then wonder why they hit roadblocks and go down various insane detours. Don’t spend aeons trying to make a draft work when it’s simply a doomed exercise, because you haven’t done the foundation work. But how to road test your concept? Try these 7 simple steps: 1. Write a logline/ novel pitch 25-60 words, describing the characters and the situation they find themselves in. Remember those all important 3 Cs.… Read More »7 Steps To Road Test Your Concept

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3 Killer Typos That Blow Writers Out The Water

I have an imaginary friend who wrote a 900-page novel about a secret war in a remote land under the snows of the Arctic; a land where five-year-olds carry mammoth-killing swords, all dwarfs speak with a Glaswegian accent, and warrior women wear chain-mail bikinis to the beach. Let’s call my friend Hubert. Hubert Q. Wetherill. Hubert’s novel, Age of Chronicles: Dragons of the Dark Demonic Kingdom of Frostbitten Darkness, took him seven years to write. Hubert is now in the market for an agent. But one piddling detail is going to sink his plans for total fan-girl domination at the… Read More »3 Killer Typos That Blow Writers Out The Water

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7 Big Mistakes In Unpublished Novels

Unpublished Novels I’m reading more and more unpublished novels these days for Bang2writers. Just like the screenplays, I’m seeing lots of the same mistakes. So, here’s a round up of things to check out, so you can avoid those common pitfalls when you make your submissions: 7. Consistency of Tense & Mixed Tenses When I read unpublished novels for Bang2writers, one of the biggest issues is consistency of tense. This means the writer will chop and change from tense to tense, seemingly on a whim. Whilst this is not automatically incorrect, it frequently is … Particularly if you’re swapping tenses… Read More »7 Big Mistakes In Unpublished Novels

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Nanowrimo Special: Julian Friedmann at the SWF 09 "A Novel Approach"

I’ve been saving this to post up when the wind went out of my sails on Nanowrimo – which is right now. If you are too, check out Julian’s thoughts below, might give you the push you need!———————————————-Novelists turn to screenwriting and vice versa, but this often fails. Why? We are all STORYTELLERS. But to write a 100,000 word novel typically takes 6 – 9 months, which can be very off-putting. Nevertheless, Julian believes writing prose is a very serious compliment to screenwriting. Six Reasons to Write Books As Well As Scripts: – You’ve probably read more novels than scripts… Read More »Nanowrimo Special: Julian Friedmann at the SWF 09 "A Novel Approach"

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