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The pure hell of writing a synopsis

Nobody likes writing a synopsis. How about if I told you it could actually help you create a better book?

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When leopards change their spots

What happens when you decide to change the personality of a supporting character midway through writing?

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Putting the rom into com

When is the right time to reveal that your comedy has a romantic twist? When is it too soon and how do you avoid the cliches?

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It’s all about me – writing in the first person

How practical is it to write a novel in the first person. How do you avoid ‘head hopping’?

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Writing Tip #2 – Five red flags for writers

Some words should be an automatic red flag to a writer. The second you find yourself typing, writing or otherwise using them, a voice inside ought to scream stop. Here are five that I watch out for. Search your works in progress and eliminate at will.

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Writing Tip #1 – Pump up the volume

All too often the temptation when writing is there to have a character do something other than simply ‘say’ their words. It’s a topic to which I’ll return later, but there is certainly some scope to use a few more descriptive words (such as whisper, mutter or whine) now and then. Just don’t go overboard. […]

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