Category: Writing Tips

Rules, rules, rules

Are there rules on how to write a novel? Do you need to make sure you follow a certain ‘standard’ and use certain words in order to ensure your novel is following the ‘rules’? It is an interesting topic. As an active group member of many Facebook groups for writers, I often see authors post […]

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Motivation vs Inspiration

What does inspiration mean to you? Do you understand the difference between motivation, and inspiration? It may seem like a silly question, but a lot of writers get these mixed up in a way that hinders them from writing efficiently. Motivation means having the drive to simply set some time aside to write. It involves […]

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How to market your novel

Ugh, marketing. I’m with you there, it isn’t my favourite thing to do after I have worked really hard for months or even years writing and publishing a book. Marketing often feels like… that one thing you can’t get around, the demon waiting in the closed, ready to pounce as soon as you press the […]

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The 5 Pillars of Success!

What are the 5 pillars of success? Unless you have written a novel which unexpectedly boomed overnight, there are some important things to think about when it comes to success of your published novel. This advice is mostly aimed at self-publishers, however, can be used for traditionally published authors as well, making sure you are […]

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Showing vs Telling – Explained

I have touched on this subject before, but I feel it is such a large topic, which can be interpreted differently by different people as well. Writers around the world struggle with the ‘rule’ SHOW vs TELL. So, what does it really mean? To put it simple; it means that you need to SHOW the […]

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Authors get a voice in the publishing industry

Authors self-publishing their work is becoming a powerful trend in the publishing industry. Authors no longer need to wait for years to gain the attention of a publishing company, and they no longer need to go through letters upon letters of rejections. Self-publishing allows the author to be in control and own all the rights […]

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Self Publishing & Editing

Self-publishing on Amazon or Smashwords is such a convenience for writers – but with it comes some potential problems. Not only will there be books out there which are written quite poorly (that’s a given), but there are also a lot of books out which have missed out on professional editing. What does this mean […]

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Common dialogue mistakes

I have decided to show you a couple of common dialogue mistakes, which are both an easy fix. Grammar and punctuation can be difficult to understand, and know how to use at times, but once you know, it will stick with you! These are the two I come across quite frequently. Number one Punctuation in […]

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Showing vs Telling

A lot of writers ask about this one. What is showing, and what is telling? This is a quick guide you can use on your finished manuscript. Let’s start: Search for words like Scared, Hungry, Sad, Happy, in Love, Excited, Devastated, Cold, Angry. Now if you find you have used these words to describe a […]

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Why it is OKAY to pay for publishing

After months of research, and taking advantage of study material on the publishing industry, I decided to answer a few common questions about paying for publishing. I understand that people have their own opinions, and if you strongly believe you should not have to pay for anything, then I respect that, that is a personal […]

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