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45 Top tips for new writers
Before I get going on tips for new writers, I’ll start with this quote, which pretty much sums up how I feel after delving deep into the advice dished out on the highways and byways of the internet. There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one...read more
Writing update #5
To be honest, I am still finding my way around this writing malarky, even with a first draft under the belt. Not the craft of writing...that I imagine, no-one ever truly masters, but rather the somewhat regular effort that a novel demands. The momentous achievement of...read more
Plotting vs Pantsing | The Ultimate Guide
If you’re a new writer, or even an old one, (or a new-old one, if you know what I mean!) you would have come across this debate in researching ways on how to write your novel: Plotting vs Pantsing. You will find articles all over the internet extolling the virtues of...read more
Writing update #4
The struggle is real people! The last two weeks has seen my day job take over to the extent that I got very little writing done. It is ironic that we were working on a pitch that if successful, would allow me MORE time for writing, so I felt the loss of the two weeks...read more
Social Media for authors | A necessary evil?
I get it. In the days before the internet exploded and took over our lives, a successful author attended a few book signings on a national tour, maybe a few radio interviews, and then he/she would go back to their own voluntary solitary confinement. Back then there...read more
Writing update #3
This (writing) week, was one of discovery and discipline. I always find those two things go together, as when I discover new techniques, new software, or come up with new ideas, I have to apply discipline to reign it in a bit and focus on what I'm doing now. The more...read more
The secret to writing compelling characters.
The secret to writing compelling characters is both incredibly complex and stupidly simple. It’s complex because real people are complex, and it’s simple, because real people are when it comes down to it…simple. I believe that the reason we find some characters in...read more
Writing update #2
This week finds me facing the harsh reality that my objectives might be somewhat unrealistic. In theory, 1000 words per day should be easy, especially since I've allowed myself the luxury of saying those 1000 don't HAVE to be the best I've ever written. In...read more
11 ways you can finish writing your novel.
There is a relatively scary statistic floating around the internet that says 97% of people who start writing a novel will never finish it. Encouraging right? I’ve not seen this backed up by hard statistics, but I can believe it to be true. The amount of times I’ve had...read more
Writing update #1
So this, the first of my personal updates on writing and my quest for the meaning life, finds me at around 55 000 words into my first novel. I remember well when I started writing. It was around Christmas 2015 and for some reason, I got it into my head that I was...read more