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Critiquing etiquette: six ways to provide gracious feedback

Guest post by Jodi Cleghorn “Receiving feedback is difficult. But giving feedback with grace is even more so.” Casing Compliments | Bobulate via Broomeshtick To grow and evolve as a writer you must offer your work to others for critique and editing. It’s one of those terrible truths you come

Zen and the art of not writing

Guest post by Beth Morey Does this situation sound familiar? You wake at an indefinably early hour to sneak in some quality time with your manuscript. You brew the coffee, clear the inbox and gag that pesky inner editor. You apply the seat of your pajama pants to the seat

Do you need university qualifications to be a good writer?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azCELNd8V7A Postgraduate writing courses have become hugely popular in the last 15 years and more and more English degrees feature creative writing as part of their syllabus. These days it’s quite common to hear that an author’s first novel or

The key to selling your book is the cover letter

Guest post by Gary Smailes We are all looking for the secret to securing a book deal! I am pretty sure that there is no one winning formula, though I am convinced that without a killer cover letter you are doomed to failure. I am sure you know that each

Copywriters: ghosts of their writing selves?

Guest post by Manuela Boyle I write five days out of seven. Some weeks maybe more. Original prose no less; raw materials plucked from different vocabulary sets and arranged into a new word order. But here’s my dark secret: I write for other people. What am I talking about?

The five rules of getting a book deal

Guest post by Jean Hannah Edelstein Before we start, some quick disclaimers: I used to work in publishing, and I keep up to date on the industry for my blogging purposes (and personal interest), and I do a little critiquing of new writing on an ad-hoc basis (and have introduced

Write for Your Life is one year old today!

Well doesn’t time fly, eh? This time last year I finally got round to launching Write for Your Life. It was something I’d talked about for ages, but always put off because I was worried about how much time I could devote to it. And actually,

This is how you get a literary agent or publisher

You know when you spend a couple of weeks thinking about and planning an awesome blog post? And then just as you sit down to write it you find someone else has done an equally awesome job elsewhere? Yeah. Well that’s happened. But it’s okay. It’s not

Ignore anyone who tells you to write, write, write!

In my relatively short time in the blogosphere, I’ve come to understand a couple of things. First, most people who blog about writing are passionate about it and, in my experience, very nice cyber-people indeed. Second, things work in cycles. The truth is there are only so many

The importance of story structure

Guest post by Sophie Johnson We learn from a young age that all stories should have a beginning, middle and end. Whatever you’re writing, you should bear in mind that all forms of story need some sort of structure, whether you’re working on a novel, script, play or