Want to write? Tips for getting started.

Want to write? Tips for getting started.

It’s not easy, but it’s simple. “People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers? I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it.” R.L Stine Always write about something that excites or genuinely interests you. Find the time to write, and make a habit out of it. Start with just ten minutes if that’s all you have. Don’t try to be clever, or brilliant…

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Navigating the creative process: advice for writers.

Navigating the creative process: advice for writers.

Do you sometimes wonder what people really mean when they talk of the creative process? Want to understand it better so you can be more productive, and keep your writing flowing? If so, then read on… The first phase of creativity. The creative process refers to the method we use to develop a creative goal or product. The end result might be writing, art, design, music, architecture, but really it applies to any kind of goal, strategy, mission, decision or…

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How to Edit a First Draft the Easy Way

How to Edit a First Draft the Easy Way

You’ve finished your novel! It’s a real achievement to complete the first draft of a novel – congratulations! So, what now? You know that an edit is on the horizon! It might be that you’re lucky enough to have fellow writers with whom to share your work. But what if you don’t? Or what if you’ve shared your first draft and have plenty of feedback, but aren’t quite sure how to proceed with your edit? I muddled through the editing…

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Writing East Midlands Interview

Writing East Midlands Interview

This week I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by the wonderful writing organisation Writing East Midlands. They have been a big part of my writing story and I will be joining them next year as a tutor, offering a one-day Be your own Writing Coach course. To answer their questions I had to think quite deeply about what it was like to be a writer starting out, a writer getting rejections, a writer thinking about giving up… as well…

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