How To Survive The Challenging First Draft #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

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In my experience there are different types of first drafts: The Gushing First Draft. There are stories which will quite simply gush out of you. Words will pour onto the page and before you know it there will be a rough manuscript staring back at you. If you are reading this and are new to […]

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How To Handle Attention Seeking Minor Characters #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

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If you have never rolled your eyes at a minor character, who has ideas above their station, and then found yourself shouting, through your laptop screen, “will you stop being such an attention grabbing minor character!”  – you haven’t lived! Some minor characters are born into your story knowing they are never going to be centre […]

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Why Sharing Your #NotSoPerfectWritingLife Helps Other Writers #MondayBlogs

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Writing is not easy. If you have ever found yourself forcing out a few words, whilst listening to a crowd of negative voices in your head or staring miserably at 1567 glorious words you wrote yesterday, which now read like utter drivel, you will understand. Social media doesn’t help. There are days when it feels […]

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35 Things You Don’t See When You Buy A Book #AmWriting #Writer #Author

  The idea for this post came to me after I did some research on the ‘overnight literary success myth.’  I have always been intrigued by the term and the notion that success JUST happens to authors. Surely there is more to overnight literary fame than meets the eye?  Once you type this myth into Google […]

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How To Be A Happy Writer In 2017 #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation #Writer

  I started 2016 with a miserable writer look on my face (similar to a bulldog chewing a wasp) and I ended it with a smile. As the year progressed my writer happiness levels increased. Based on my learnings from 2016, here are my top tips on how to be a happy writer in 2017:

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