Creative writing

How to write a short story – 8 expert tips
How to write a short story

Short story writing might be a super-popular way into long-form writing fiction but don’t mistake short for easy. Here, prize-winning short story writer and novelist Rachel Connor, shares her eight best coaching tips teaching you how to write a short story – from beginning to end.  [click to continue…]

How to write young adult fiction – 7 lessons from an expert
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When author Liz Flanagan wanted to learn how to write young adult (YA) fiction she spoke to some of the best YA novelists in the world. Now a YA writer herself with two books published and a Carnegie Medal nomination under her belt, she reveals the advice that stuck.

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7 step training plan for running a personal writing sprint
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Writing sprints provide boundaries which in turn, give you clarity and focus. The idea behind them is to move your project forwards quickly over a short, intense burst of time. A sprint’s not so very different from a writing splurge or binge, but it’s more focussed and less stress-inducing. It follows a direction and has some simple, tried and tested rules which means you start off right. So, here is your 7-step training plan for running a personal writing sprint to turbocharge your progress.  [click to continue…]

NaNoYoga: stretch your writing muscles, fingers and toes
NaNoYoga 5-minute yoga flow for NaNoWriMo

Time for NaNoYoga – a mini-routine perfect for the word count busting November novelists and all other writers at any time of the year. Take five minutes away from your work in progress to stretch those creative muscles.  [click to continue…]

How to keep writing after NaNoWriMo 2018
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As feverish National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) writers across the globe step back bleary-eyed from their overheated keyboards – some with 50,000 words in the bag and others with rather less – how do they keep writing when there’s no deadline to hit? Here’s our 6 step guide to keep super-productive post-NaNoWriMo. Read more

A beginner’s guide to entering NaNoWriMo 2018
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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…]

How NaNoWriMo changed my life by novelist Julia Crouch
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From draft zero to published author, Julia Crouch wrote her first novel during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). She shares her life-changing experience with us and offers advice on how to find the time to start writing, beating procrastination, getting productive and most importantly – finishing your NaNo novel. [click to continue…]

The 5 biggest mistakes NaNoWriMo writers make
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In a mad dash to make it to the 11:59, November 30th finish line, writers must use as many underhanded (and overhanded) tactics they can think of to overcome their inner critics and write 50,000 words to earn a place in the hallowed National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) winners’ circle. [click to continue…]

Accountability part 2: friends and family
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When writer John Lugo-Trebble got stuck with a mid-length piece of fiction, he recruited friends and family to get structured feedback. Using questions to guide their response, he received input and support to finish his novella, and get it published on Amazon where it’s resonating with a whole a new audience. He explains his beta reader process. [click to continue…]

Accountability part 1: critiquing partners
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Beta reading relationships are a great way of being held accountable in your writing practice. In this first part of a series on how to shape an accountability relationship, we look at critiquing partners and talk to a pair of writers who met on a writing course – and have been reading and giving feedback on each other’s writing ever since.

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