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Writing Conferences, Retreats and Workshops

W is for Workshops. Do you need it? Is it worth it? Everyone has their own opinion on this. Writing Retreats What is it? A weekend/week-long event where you get to be free from family, distractions, obligations and your normal routine by being in a relaxing atmosphere that allows you to dig deep into the creative …

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Understanding Character

U is for Understanding. There are characters you would love to spend more time with outside the book; books you only read for the characters; stories you stretch out just to spend more time with the characters you love. Story is important, of course, but characters… They are the reason we stick around. There are different …

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The Importance of Seeing Yourself in a Book #diversity

S is for Seeing. People are always trying to define what diversity in fiction means. Well, I read an article by Rain Sivertsen on her blog Writing Up My Serotonin and realised for the first time what diversity in fiction should mean. Here’s Rain’s guest post. “Can you remember the first time you ever recognized yourself in a book?” …

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Opening Up

O is for Opening. There’s always a debate about what makes for great and memorable stories. It’s easy enough: a story that pulls you in emotionally and won’t let go even after the book is finished. But how do you write that? There are many formulas out there on how to write a proper story. There …

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Notebooks and Other Things for Writing

N is for Notebooks. Being a writer is an exciting journey. You can write on most anything. Yet there are those who believe that there is only one right way to do your writing: on a high-end high-tech laptop (sometimes called a notebook). But that’s just silly. You don’t need tech to be a writer. You need …

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Making a Living as a Writer

M is for Making. We’ve all heard the stories of overnight successes, one hit wonders and other improbable ways writers have raked in the money. But for those of us who have stories part of our blood, we will always write. Which means that at some point our writing should do more than just look …

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Knowledge and Where to Find it

K is for Knowledge. Sometimes it can be hard to know where to turn to for the right info when you want to learn how to write and how to become a great writer. I’ve been looking at my search history and the books in my personal library and decided to set up a list to …

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Joining Writing Groups

J is for “Joining”. We all need some encouragement from time-to-time. To support my claim, I’ve invited over Alex J. Cavanaugh — founder and leader of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group — to explain why writing groups are good for you. Writing is a solitary endeavor. We can bounce ideas off others and write with …

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