F is for Freewriting

Every writer at some point or another will suffer from writer’s block. If you say you haven’t, well,…more power to you! Conversations with my writing companions have shown me that I am not the only one to find myself thwarted by my own perfectionism when I write, or some other anti-author demonic force. Freewriting can […]

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E is for Editing

Okay writers, listen up. E is for Editing. Yes, I know, it’s not the sexiest word out there. Far too many of us writers avoid editing as if it were some deadly disease. Trust me, it’s not going to kill you. Think of it more like an immunisation for a deadly disease, rather than the […]

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D is for Dialogue

“I live in Panorama,” Christiana told me, as we made the short trip from the airport to her home. “Pano meaning over, rama meaning view. It is an over-view, a panorama. You see? It makes sense. Every word, it comes from the Greek. You give me any example in English, I tell you how it […]

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C is for Characters

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: characters are key to the success of your story. You can have the most brilliant storyline, but if your characterization is weak, you will be unlikely to connect with your audience. On the other hand, there are many successful authors whose plot is dull, but the loveability […]

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B is for Bookworm

Reading and writing are like love and marriage; they go together like a horse and carriage. To divorce the love affair of reading and writing is a tragedy. If you love to write, the chances are that you loved to read first. If you love to read, you have probably thought about being a writer. […]

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A is for Alphabet

Welcome to a new series of blog posts, An Alphabet for Authors! Over the next month or so, you’ll find a writing-related post for every letter in the alphabet. I’ve found it to be a fantastic writing exercise, as it’s given me a framework and a plan for writing. If you are struggling to come […]

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