Book Reviews

Review: Becoming a Writer – Dorothea Brande

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande is a classic in the field of self-help for writers. It was originally published in 1934 and has been much imitated since. It’s similar in intent to Writing Down the Bones and aims to get you writing by tapping into your inner genius. Sounds great, but is it worth… Continue reading Review: Becoming a Writer – Dorothea Brande

The Shining Ones · Writing

Tweaking Reality: Should you rename locations in your novel?

Last time we looked at the art of morphing the reality of real locations to suit your story. Sometimes reality gets in the way and it’s easier to make stuff up. Creating fictional locations means you can ignore the facts and get on with the business of telling the story – which is the whole… Continue reading Tweaking Reality: Should you rename locations in your novel?

The Shining Ones · Writing

Tweaking Reality: How accurate should locations be in your novel?

Describing reality in words is a tricky business at the best of times, and in fiction especially so. Part of The Shining Ones is set in and around Newcastle where I live so I should have no excuse for getting the locations wrong. But it’s not that simple. Some of the locations weren’t quite right… Continue reading Tweaking Reality: How accurate should locations be in your novel?

Publishing

How to Blurb: Writing a book description that sells

A blurb can sometimes mean a short review quoted on a book cover, but in this post we’re going to look at the other kind of blurb: the book description. The blurb is your sales pitch, printed on the back of your book or quoted on its sales page online. It’s the second most important… Continue reading How to Blurb: Writing a book description that sells

Free Your Pen

Review: Free Your Pen – Eloquent & Profound!

A big thank you to Claudia Durr for the first review of Free Your Pen – so glad to hear you’re enjoying the book! Here’s the review:

★★★★★ Eloquent, Simply profound! July 26, 2017

All I can say is WOW! This is exactly what I needed! The simple yet profound advice the author has to offer resonates with the essence of my being. I haven’t finished the book yet and don’t think I ever will. If this were in paper back vs. Kindle I could picture the softly worn and creased pages 20 yrs from now.

Thankfully, the book is available in paperback! Get your copy here and remember to leave your own review…

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Writing

Resources and Advice for Writers

This is a collection of links to some of the sites I’ve found most useful in my writing over the years. You’ll find helpful articles, advice and inspiration to help you write and publish your work. I’ve also included some links to essential advice for anyone thinking of entering writing competitions, plus some competition listing… Continue reading Resources and Advice for Writers

Writing

Writing Isn’t Like Making a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

“Every single time you sit down to write – a story, a poem, an essay, a novel – it will be a brand-new experience. No formula works. The mystery that solved your previous story doesn’t speak the same language as your current story. The key that unlocked the sonnet of yesterday won’t work today. Accept… Continue reading Writing Isn’t Like Making a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

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Writing Conference Notes: Part 3 – Non-Traditional Publishing

We end my Newcastle Writing Conference notes with the afternoon sessions. After lunch there were more workshop choices: meet another agent with Jo Unwin, developing your online presence, postgraduate writing courses, and non-traditional publishing routes. I went for the latter because I thought it might be interesting and I wasn’t disappointed. Who needs a publisher… Continue reading Writing Conference Notes: Part 3 – Non-Traditional Publishing

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Writing Conference Notes: Part 2 – Pitching

The Newcastle Writing Conference included various break-out sessions, such as websites and blogging, how to edit your work, vlogging, and meet the agent with Mark Stanton. But I chose the pitching session, because I already have a blog, I didn’t have a piece of work I was willing to share in the editing session, I… Continue reading Writing Conference Notes: Part 2 – Pitching

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Newcastle Writing Conference Notes: Part 1 – the Digital Age

Last weekend I attended the Newcastle Writing Conference at Northumbria University. I went armed with a fresh notebook, which was a good thing because I made more notes than I thought I would, such was the amount of useful advice on offer. I arrived with streaming eyes and a rosy complexion after battling through a… Continue reading Newcastle Writing Conference Notes: Part 1 – the Digital Age

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Writing Advice from Meg Rosoff

This weekend I’ll be going to the Newcastle Writing Conference which is about DIY. No, I won’t be learning how to grout! The conference covers all aspects of digital publishing, such as self-publishing, crowdfunding, social media, blogging, and more. There are various industry-types who’ll be sharing their wisdom, and lots of others writers. I’m particularly… Continue reading Writing Advice from Meg Rosoff