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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Because we all love a Story

Because we all love a Story

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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How to write a book when you’re crazy busy with kids

How to write a book when you’re crazy busy with kids

First of all: you don’t have to. Writers beat themselves up all the time about not writing enough, not being prolific enough or not living the kind of life we all imagine writers live. This article isn’t one more stick to beat yourself with. There are times in life when writing fades into the background – and that’s okay. But, equally, maybe you’re super-busy raising a family – with no end in sight – and you’re craving the opportunity to…

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