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Writing An Effective Synopsis

Getting Published

The synopsis is a vital part of your book submission to agents and publishers alike, so make sure you get it right!

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Choosing The Right Literary Agent

Getting Published

Not all literary agents are made equal. Choosing the right ones to approach takes careful consideration.

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What Exactly Does A Literacy Agent Do?

Getting Published

Deciding whether or not a literary agent would be good for you, you first need to know what they do - so find out!

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The Ultimate Romance Trope Master List

Style Choices

Is there such thing as too many romance tropes? Well, probably, but this master list is a hefty start!

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Top 30 Romance Tropes

Style Choices

Tropes - they make the romance world go round. Find out which ones make the top 30 list!

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How To Sell Your Book To A Literary Agent

Getting Published

You want to secure a literary agent? Great! Find out how to sell your book to increase your chances of a solid partnership.

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The 8-Point Story Guide -
Outline Guide

Planning

Looking for an easy, straight-forward outline to help form your next tale? The 8-point story guide may be just the answer you're looking for!

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How to Avoid
the Dreaded
Mary Sue

Characterisation

The character with no flaws can be like nails down a chalkboard for writers. Find out how to avoid creating a Mary Sue character and save your story!

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The Key to Writing Short Stories

Planning

Stories that are short are rarely simple. If you need guidance on how to create a short story, this is the article for you. 

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The Pros and Cons of Amazon's KDP

Getting Published

Looking to self-publish but don't know if the leading platform of KDP is for you? Get your answer here!

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7 Tips for
Naming
Characters

Characterisation

Some writers spend seconds, others spend hours. Here are 7 useful tips for naming your cast of characters!

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Core Questions To Ask Your Character

Characterisation

Creating a character requires knowing some key information. Can you answer these core questions about your character?

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Are Physical
Descriptions
Necessary?

Characterisation

Characters without details can fall flat and lifeless, but are you using too many physical descriptions for your characters?

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Dismantling the
'Poor Man's
Copyright' Lie

Getting Published

Can a sealed, postmarked envelope really stand in for legal copyright? Find out how to protect yourself right here. 

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How to Make Reading A Part Of Your Life

Writer's Life

Don't read? Don't worry! Here you will find easy and practical steps to make reading part of your life. 

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Giving Characters Moral Dilemmas

Characterisation

Realistic characters wrestle with themselves. Let's look at how to give your characters moral dilemmas!

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Spotting Fake Writing Competitions

Getting Published

Don't let your hard work fall into dishonest hands. Read the warning signs of fake competitions right here!

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NaNoWriMo and Working Full Time

Writer's Life

Trying to win NaNoWriMo whilst working or studying full-time is hard, but not impossible. Find out how right here!

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Generalisation...Or Stereotype? Find Out

Characterisation

Do you know the difference? Encouraging stereotypes may not be your goal, so find out how to avoid doing so here.

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Do You Really
Need That
Prologue?

Planning

Prologues can be a powerful story-telling tool, but does your story really need one? Find out!

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Create Suspense, Keep Readers Quaking

Planning

A good story needs well-crafted suspense, and the good news is there are plenty of ways to do achieve that!

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Getting
Yourself
Unstuck

Writer's Life

Move beyond motivation boards and playlists with these practical ways to get unstuck in your writing!

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Swipe Left On Overused Romance Tropes

Planning

Enough already!
Fall out of love with these tired and overused romance tropes that will doom your story!

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How To Write Realistic Dialogue

Style Choices

Let your reader believe each and every word by following this advice on writing realistic dialogue!

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Using Regional Speech in Your Story

Style Choices

It's just a quirky style choice. Or is it? Understand the issues with using regional speech in your story and decide for yourself. 

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From Villain
to Ally
- How?

Characterisation

A transition that no one expects: the villain transforms into an ally right under the readers nose. Read how to pull it off!

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Writing
With
Depression

Writer's Life

Uplifting and practical steps to stop depression from affecting your writing habits and stopping you reach your goals. 

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Dismantling
Writer's
Block

Writer's Life

It's real. It's soul-destroying. It's overwhelming. But we don't need to be victim to our own writer's block anymore with these tips!

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Horror Tropes You Should
Run From

Planning

Using overdone horror tropes is a sure way to have your reader slamming your book shut in fear - and not in a good way!

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Stay Productive During NaNoWriMo

Writer's Life

NaNoWriMo is no easy feat - stay productive by following these steps that will get you over the finish line!

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Seriously,
Can Non-Readers
Be Writers?

Writer's Life

Considering how non-readers can still develop the skills needed to be incredible writers. What do you think?

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Planning a Story - Outline Made Simple

Planning

Your easy to follow guide to outlining your next story idea, complete with explanations, suggestions and sneaky tips.

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Make Writing a Priority in NaNoWriMo

Writer's Life

When November arrives, NaNoWriMo begins! Let's consider ways you can make writing a priority. 

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How To:
Survive the
First Draft

Getting Published

The first draft stage is exhilerating - but terrifying. How to survive your first draft - as told by authors!

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Can You Name
All Villain
Archetypes?

Characterisation

Do you know your Beast from your Bully? Your Mastermind to your Fanatic? Get the key facts now!

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