Expert advice

A beginner’s guide to entering NaNoWriMo 2017
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Autumn is loved particularly by writers: the smell of wood smoke, plastic Halloween decorations, warm chai lattes… and, of course, National Novel Writing Month. But if you’re new to writing, or have just been too embarrassed to ask — what exactly is NaNoWriMo? How do writers get involved? And what’s the deal with it, anyway? [click to continue…]

Thinking of joining a writing group? Ask yourself these 8 questions first
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As a writer and head honcho at the London Writers’ Cafe – one of the largest writing groups in the UK – Lisa Goll knows a few things about how writing communities can keep you productive.  She shares her eight top tips with us about finding the writing group that’s right for you, what to expect on joining and how you can use them to smash your procrastination.

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Choosing your writing platform: Wattpad vs Movellas vs Tumblr
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Pen and paper are so 2008. Word counts, full-screen editing spaces and automatic spell-checks aren’t essentials: but my goodness, do they make things easier. But which writing platform is right for you? Here’s a pros and cons round up of the top three – Wattpad, Movellas and Tumblr – so you can find out for yourself. [click to continue…]

Literary fiction: love it, hate it, or write it?
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I don’t know what the phrase ‘literary fiction’ conjures in your mind, but I can’t hear it without imagining a dusty professor rolling his r’s and peering over half-moon spectacles. But, is it really as dry as it sounds? And, just as importantly, is it worth writing? [click to continue…]

Why I track and monitor my writing progress by Wyl Menmuir
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Wyl Menmuir writes novels and short stories. His first novel The Many was long-listed for the ManBooker Prize 2016 – one of the most prestigious writing prizes in the world. In this video, he explains why tracking his writing progress is a vital part of his creative process. [click to continue…]

Beat your writing blocks with Wyl Menmuir
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Wyl Menmuir writes novels and short stories. His first novel The Many was long-listed for the ManBooker Prize 2016 – one of the most prestigious writing prizes in the world. In this video, he shares with his top three tips on how to beat writing blocks. [click to continue…]

Find your writing inspiration with Wyl Menmuir
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Wyl Menmuir writes novels and short stories. His first novel The Many was long-listed for the ManBooker Prize 2016 – one of the most prestigious writing prizes in the world. In this video, he shares his top three tips on how to find your writing inspiration.  [click to continue…]

Finish writing your novel with Wyl Menmuir
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Wyl Menmuir writes novels and short stories. His first novel The Many was long-listed for the ManBooker Prize 2016 – one of the most prestigious writing prizes in the world. In this video, he shares with us his best tips on how to start – and then finish – your novel. [click to continue…]

How to win at writing competitions…
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…or improve your odds at the very least. Because, in no small way, writing is art — and art is subjective — and I don’t know if you’re up against Paulo Coelho or a local WI, or if the prize is a Pulitzer or a set of Lego. [click to continue…]

Getting to ‘the end’ – how to finally finish writing your book
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I have been witness to the precise moment when a book was written. I watched as the words ‘THE END’ were typed, as a long-held goal was achieved. I know the secrets – it involves big goals and tight deadlines, cute kittens and stunning views, and incredible focus. Here’s how to – finally – finish writing your book. [click to continue…]