Writing habits

Genre fiction: Where, when and how to write it
How to write genre fiction

Here’s how to spot a lit-snob: if you see their eyelids flutter shut for a brief moment as their upper lip begins to curl a G softer than a French je ne sais quois soaked in Lenor and wrapped in a cashmere sock, they’re about to drawl ‘genre fiction’ with nauseating contempt. (I saw you just stuck your upper lip out curling a soft G. Me too.) Meanwhile, the rest of us are clutching our tatty old James Pattersons and Helen Fieldings, wondering what on earth the difference is. Or, more importantly, how do we write genre fiction? [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…]

How to keep writing after NaNoWriMo 2017
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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

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]