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Beating Writer’s Block

April 6th, 2018

First thanks to Colin for last weeks’s blog. I always love it when people illustrate what they’re talking about with lots of examples. It’s easy to say ‘your book needs an inciting incident’, but what does that mean? But, throw in a few great examples and it becomes so much easier to understand and incorporate into your own writing.

Some writers believe in writer’s block, some don’t. But I’m sure you’ll agree that there are times when we all get stuck, or the words won’t flow. It can lead to negative, depressing thoughts; so here are some tips for getting over it!

See your writing as a job – something you’ve just got to settle down and get on with rather than waiting for inspiration to strike. Read the rest of this entry »




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You Can’t Beat A Good Read!

March 27th, 2015

73.Eleanor-Catton-blogsAs usual, thanks to Louise for last Friday’s post. I know that she’s probably luckier than most of us when it comes to being in a position to soak up inspiration. I somehow imagine that being aboard a boat moored near Rome must be so much more conducive to writing than living in rainy Rochdale (sorry, Rochdale, no offence intended).

But I suspect I might be wrong. It’s more about the way you look at life and your surroundings than where you actually live. And this was the point that Louise got across so well. Even a trip to the laundrette or Tescos can provide inspiration if you keep your mind open and receptive at all times.

And talking about a bit of inspiration that you might not have considered as a writer, Prima magazine has a great section online entitled All About You that includes a Book Club. You can listen to Jane Green’s advice on getting your book published; Lucy Diamond talking about how to start writing your first novel and then finding a publisher; Karen Swan discussing the process of writing a novel and Joanna Reed offers tips that any aspiring author will find helpful. Read the rest of this entry »




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