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5 Reasons Grammar Purists Can Go Fuck Themselves

F Off, Grammar Purists Grammar purists have always nestled like alabama ticks in every dark corner of the internet. In the past year or so, they seem to be everywhere! These guys police statuses, tweets, threads and then call those out they feel are ‘unacceptable’. (Why anyone who doesn’t like colloquial speak online would follow a platform like B2W, I have no idea. Some people are their own worst enemy, yet point fingers at others as being ‘the problem’. Le sigh). But this phenomenon is not only related to B2W. It seems internet-wide. It started with basic corrections of typos and spelling. Now apparently informal, colloquial… Read More »5 Reasons Grammar Purists Can Go Fuck Themselves

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4 Things I’ve Learned From Beta Readers

Beta readers are so important (also known as ‘peer reviewers’ in there screenwriting world)! Many thanks to screenwriter and novelist Keith Ndenga Kinambuga today. He’s written a great article about what we can learn from beta readers. Be sure to check out his books at the bottom of the post. Don’t forget too you’re welcome to look for beta readers and peer reviewers in The B2W Facebook group, that’s one of the primary purposes of the group. Enjoy! All About Beta Readers One of the toughest things for anyone to accept is criticism. It is especially tough for the createive… Read More »4 Things I’ve Learned From Beta Readers

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12 Amazing Authors Share Their Rewriting Secrets

All About Rewriting Rewriting – you either love it, or you don’t! Whatever the case, it needs doing … So with Nanowrimo over in a couple of weeks, I decided to ask my author friends for their number 1 rewriting tip! As you can see, there are some similar responses here again, which I always find interesting. Enjoy: 1) ‘Change your mindset’ – Sophie Hannah Don’t try to think ‘How can I make this as short and painless as possible?’ – that will only make it feel longer and more painful. Instead, set aside loads of time and plunge right in,… Read More »12 Amazing Authors Share Their Rewriting Secrets

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Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make Starting Out

Starting out as a writer, it’s easy to think success comes solely from talent. Nope! No matter how good some of the most famous literary works are, EVERY writer had their peaks and troughs creating them. So, in order to save your time and refine your writing, take a look at top 5 mistakes commonly made by writers starting out: 1) Forgetting ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ The purpose of any work is to trigger the reader’s’ imagination. Simply telling a story via narration or dialogue is not eye-grabbing enough. You must make sure you are writing visually! It takes skills to… Read More »Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make Starting Out

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Top 6 Tips On Editing Your Own Writing

Editing is hard work Editing your own writing is a huge undertaking. It’s difficult to edit your own work, so you need to be vigilant. You also have to take into consideration things such as when you edit and who you get to assist you. Identify crutch words, pay attention to technical aspects, and you’ll be left with a polished masterpiece. Well, a polished draft anyway! Check out these top tips:   1) Have your draft read to you It’s much easier to detect errors when you hear your work read aloud. There are two options: have someone read it to you or… Read More »Top 6 Tips On Editing Your Own Writing

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How To Write Fast Like A Pro

1) Set a DEADLINE ‘I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by,’ said uber-author Douglas Adams, but seriously? If you want to get stuff done – and done FAST – set yourself one. I always advocate looking ahead at the calendar, breaking down what’s possible in what time and having THREE deadlines: one ‘likely finish’; one ‘hopeful finish’ and one ‘unlikely finish’. Try it! 2) Work out your BEST TIME I work best mid-morning till lunchtime on my own writing. This is because first thing in the morning I’m doing admin and social media… Read More »How To Write Fast Like A Pro

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10 Essential Skills Every Writer Needs

There is a significant difference between being a writer and treating writing as a profession. Obviously, without a serious attitude, one cannot become a well-known expert who knows how to impact the readers in a profound way. Therefore, if you want to succeed in this field and master your writing skills, you have to learn the essentials of the profession. Every profession has essentials that allow to produce top quality work. In writing, for example, they set a memorable text apart from mediocre work and help to attract the interest from readers. Today, people with a lot of reading experience… Read More »10 Essential Skills Every Writer Needs

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10 (More) Commandments For Successful Writers

Following the previous post in this vein, 10 Commandments For Successful Writers by the lovely Emma Pullar, Derin Attwood decided to throw her hat in the ring and lay down the law for Write Club, too! I totally agree with numbers 2, 7 and the last one … Well, all of them to be honest. Over to you, Derin — And enjoy, everyone! 1) Write! Otherwise you are not part of the Write Club. You can join the thinkers’, or dreamers’ or wannabes’ clubs, but the writers’ club is exclusive. 2) Set goals Write regularly and set goals. Keep to… Read More »10 (More) Commandments For Successful Writers

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5 Strategies For Successful Self Publishing On A Tight Budget

Self publishing has given a large group of writers a new opportunity to market themselves, reach a large audience and even make some funds in the process. Aren’t we all looking for such opportunities? To make the most of them, however, you need to have a good idea about what self publishing entails. Being a successful self published author is all about strategy. Even if you don’t have a lot of money to dedicate to the process, it’s still important to do a bit of preliminary planning. Here’s everything you need to know about publishing a book on a tight… Read More »5 Strategies For Successful Self Publishing On A Tight Budget

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Top 10 Commandments For Successful Writers

The first rule of Write Club is: you do not talk about Write Club. The second rule of Write Club is … wait! Perhaps we should talk about it?? Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about what is acceptable behaviour in writing circles and what is considered bad manners. Perhaps you’ve already broken some Write Club rules. Dare to read on? Are you tough enough to take a punch to the face and come back fighting. Yes? Then chew on these, suckers (Arf)! Enjoy … RULE #1 Writers Shall Not Ask Other Writers to Write Their Book for… Read More »Top 10 Commandments For Successful Writers

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How To Critique Your Own Writing Like A Boss

How To Critique Your Own Writing “Critique my own writing? Who does that? Aren’t we supposed to critique the works of others?” This is a pretty common response of writers when they are asked about how often they critique their own work. Today, however, we are going to discuss another type of critique that will protect you from being broken-hearted by cruel critics and help advance your career. Self-critiquing is the answer! How is self-critiquing going to help my career as a writer? By critiquing your own writing, you are trying to find that delicate balance between praising your masterpiece… Read More »How To Critique Your Own Writing Like A Boss

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3 Important Beta Readers You Just Have To Impress

So you’ve written your novel/screenplay/whatever and you’re ready to let it get the once-over before you package it neatly for the publisher or producer’s inbox. A beta reader (aka peer reviewer) is important. Fresh eyes are invaluable – after all, you’ve probably missed over half your mistakes! But it’s not just about how many people read your work (although generally, the more, the merrier). Who are your best quality beta readers? 1) The Published Writer This is someone who’s been through the wringer, and who understands what it takes (or at least took at one point) to get a product out… Read More »3 Important Beta Readers You Just Have To Impress

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