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Picking the right idea for your novel

Writing on her blog for writers, Writability, Ava Jae today asked the question: where do your novel ideas come from? It’s a good question and one that writers will answer differently, I’m sure. For me, A is for Angelica started life as a single sentence that

Buy A is for Angelica, my debut novel

I had to take a quick break from my short blogging hiatus to tell you that A is for Angelica is now available to pre-order from Amazon in the UK. It comes out on 1 September. I should also tell you that the ebook will be available one month before

Unknown and unpublished: enjoy it while it lasts

Guest post by Fiona Maddock I read shovel loads of stuff about how, when and why my first novel won’t be published. In fact, if I read too much more I’ll be buried under it and then I’ll never get anything done. I do believe strongly though,

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

How I use a mind map to build stories

Guest post by Paul Donovan Campos A mind map is a means to visually represent ideas and their relationship to one another. It’s a brainstorming tool frequently used in education, the business world, and the entertainment industry – often in collaborative projects. In principle it’s meant

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

How to write about your life (without upsetting friends and family)

Whether you’re a poet or problogger, you will, at times, have an instinct to write autobiographically. As writers, we regularly follow the common piece of writing advice, to ‘write about what you know’. It’s in our nature to draw on personal experience and, in