10 Things I have Learnt about being a writer

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Of course it takes practice.  It is like anything, you can bring all the talent you have to a creative endeavour, but if you are going to progress you need to practice.

Skill is developed and it needs space and time to grow.  I am actually saddened when I see new writers who say “I’ve started writing a novel,” and then a month later they are publishing it.

I am sure there are the odd savants out there who can churn out a novel and edit it within a month and it’s a masterpiece.  Let me just say I haven’t come across any yet.  Writing needs patient, time and a helluva lot of blood, sweat and tears.

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GP: My first year as a writer by J M Woodall

This week’s guest poster is the lovely J M Woodall, author of Like A Fox on the Run.  He discusses his experience during the first year of being a writer.  Enjoy!

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My First Year as A Writer

by J M Woodall

No one ever wakes up one morning and just decides, “Hey! I think I’ll become an author today!” Right?

Well, as much as it seemed that’s what I did, I promise you, that’s not how it went down. As I approach my first year as a published author, I take a slight pause to reflect on just what a wild and crazy ride it’s been in just a few, short months.

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Epic Editing

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Let me ask you a question – How do you edit?

One of those many….MANY steps of being a writer is the oft-times dreaded “edit”.

Were we cast our eyes with dread over our manuscript, red pen poised to highlight all the glaring errors we made.

Horror or Joy?

Some people hate editing.  Some people love it.  Which are you?

Some people write the whole manuscript before reaching for their editing pen.  Others write, edit, write, edit as they go.

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GP: I Wanna Give Good Query by Cass Alexander

Oh yes, she’s back!  My (becoming a regular) guest poster Cass Alexander, author of the Persimmon Series is back to show us just how she did her last query letter. 😀

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by Cass Alexander

I hesitate to write this post as it will truly demonstrate to readers that I do things I probably shouldn’t. My mouth runs faster than my brain. It always has. Now, my fingers type and click Send on emails faster than my brain can process the whole of what I’ve sent.

I recently wrote a query letter and I’d like to share my experience with the Universe.

My brother and I are currently writing a non-fiction humor book. We had always planned to self-publish. However, after zero research and one or two impulsive texts, we thought it would be a great idea to query a publisher. Bro is super busy, so he gave me the go ahead to do it myself. He really shouldn’t have. Wanna see it? Below is the first half. Try not to cringe as you read.

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English lass in Ireland

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Like the Guiness hat?

For those of you who’ve been following this blog, you probably know that earlier this year my partner and I took the Bold Move to upsticks from England and move to Northern Ireland.

No big deal….right?

Now this may not sound like a big deal but I suffer from severe anxiety and the concept of moving out of my home town, away from family and friends was…daunting to say the least.

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GP: Interview with Tony Brady

This week’s guest post is an interview with the wonderful Tony Brady, auther of the Thousand Scars series.  Enjoy!

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Interview with Tony Brady

01 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’m not going to say that I’ve always wanted to be a writer in particular, but I have always loved to write and it doesn’t surprise me that my writing has been getting all the attention lately. I have always wanted to make the world a better place. That is my goal, that is my purpose. That is what I shall be.

02 – What inspires your writing?

A lot of things effect my writing and there are sometimes the occasional happenings that inspire it as well. The greater accomplishments of man, both wretched and divine, push me to write when I see or hear of them. Those potent influences effect all of my art. I paint, draw, write poems and tattoo as well as write novels and short stories.

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Tips for writing “flashbacks”

As I missed yesterday’s blog post, I thought I would share a reblog. Enjoy 😊

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Tip 1: make it clear the character is going back in time.


Give the character a trigger – he sees an object, smells a scent, or experiences an action.

For stories written in past tense, use past perfect tense a few times when entering the flashback. Once in, switch to past tense until near the end of the flashback, then switch to past perfect a few times. After leaving the flashback, return to past tense. (Limits cumbersome past perfect.)

For stories written in present tense, use the simple past in the flashback.




Tip 2: Write the flashback so it:

*Serves a purpose – shows what shaped characters into who they are now or shows past story world.
*Engages the reader.

*Is limited to key moments.

Tip 3: Write ending sentences that transition the reader and character from the flashback.


*Use another trigger – abrupt or easing.

*Change verb tense…

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GP: The Joys of Writing Styles by Nthato Morakabi

This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Nthato Morakabi who discusses the concept of writing styles.  Enjoy! 

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by Nthato Morakabi

Stephen King, Clive Barker, James Herbert and China Mieville all have different writing styles. Pick up either of their books and that distinction is immediate.

Now imagine you could write a story as either of these authors and your readers couldn’t tell the difference.

That would be amazing, wouldn’t it? And what’s the distinction between all of them that sets them apart? If you read the title of this guest post then you will know the answer. That’s right, it’s writing style.

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