Tag Archives: Writing Tips

Inspiration and Writers’ Block: Fact or Fallacy?

The tags ‘inspiration’ and ‘writers’ block’ strike terror into the hearts of writers. However, it is possible to debunk these myths with a little common sense. It is a fallacy that you sit around waiting for inspiration. If we all … Continue reading

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Self-Publishing: what I learned from the gurus

Self-publishing has come of age. According to one respected academic, it is now just another arm of the publishing industry. This is one of the inspiring messages that I brought away from the recent Matador self-publishing conference. In this third blog … Continue reading

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Self-Publishing: 7 ways to get the most from a conference

Having recently attended Matador’s conference on self-publishing, I thought it would be useful to jot down a list of essentials to help you to get the most from a conference whatever the topic. Prep your questions in advance. Why are … Continue reading

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Procrastination? 10 Ways to Spot the Signs

I confess. I’ve been avoiding it. Returning to the section of my novel which I put aside a couple of years ago and to which I must return if I am going to finish the book. Why has this taken … Continue reading

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10 Tips for Short Story Competitions from a Judge

As a writer I was unsure what to expect when I was first invited to judge a prose competition. My first thought was to write myself a set of guidelines which would act as a life-raft if I felt overwhelmed. … Continue reading

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Writing Tips 2: Getting Started

Now you have got a feel for your subject through your research and reading, now is the time to start writing. Don’t forget, this is historical fiction, not a textbook. You need to convey a feeling and a flavour of … Continue reading

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Writing Tips 1 – Get in the Mood

When setting a scene, you need to create a convincing world for your reader. As a writer, you need to be able to see, hear and smell the location. While that is largely a matter of imagination, you can prompt … Continue reading

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