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Writing Tips – Guest Post by Ari Meghlen

I was given the opportunity to share my advice on author Kevin Klehr’s blog. Check it out here.

Ps apologies for the lack of Friday’s blog post. We have had a death in the family. Thanks for your understanding.

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Today’s guest blogger is a bit of an enigma.

We know Ari Meghlen’s avatar from her Twitter site as she shares daily questions for us to consider under the hashtag #TheMerryWriter. She is working on several books yet hasn’t been published. But she has flash fiction pieces on her website, as well as a wealth of articles about writing.

We also know that Ari loves writing fantasy, loves blogging, is an archer, a movie-lover, a sculptor and a bad card player.

I was nervous when I asked her to write a guest blog because I never feel comfortable direct messaging someone I don’t know well. I was really happy Ms Meghlen said yes.

I want to say a big thanks to Kevin for inviting me onto his writing blog, I truly appreciate this opportunity.  Here are some of my tips:

1 – Don’t Compare

One of the most destructive habits…

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Guest Post – The Eternal Scribbler

I was given the opportunity by Lorraine Amber’s to be a guest post on her blog! This is my first-time guest blogging 🙂 so I discussed the early pages of a manuscript. Enjoy and do check out Lorraine’s blog it is full of great articles.

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As writers we have to a pretty hefty job of carrying all those characters, worlds, ideas around in our heads desperate to come out and be added to the blank page.

Today I want to talk about the first few pages of your book.

The first pages of a book are what sell it. You can have a fancy cover, great blurb and a dazzling plot – but if you fail in the first few pages, you could have lost your chance to shine.

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This is one of the reasons I usually write my first chapter last or at least after much more of the book is written. This allows me to move the scenes around and sometimes find a mid-scene that works better for the first chapter.

From publishers to readers, those few pages have to be gripping (not talking suspenseful, unless…you know…you’re writing a suspense novel!) but they…

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Do You Know Who Your Narrator Is?

Recently, while driving, I got to thinking about perspectives within stories.  You won't believe how often I think about writing while driving. Now by 'perspective', I mean in reference to the narrator's voice. As in the perspective of the narrator.  If you are writing a book in third-person your narrator will probably change (unless you're writing third-person limited). I have seen in a few unpublished stories by young writers, where the authors didn't really take into consideration who the narrator was within a scene or chapter and this led to a disjointed story as the narrator randomly changed mid-scene.

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9 Things Writers Should Definitely NOT Do

Today I thought I would share my thoughts with you on what writer's shouldn't do. As always, these are just my opinions so feel free to ignore/disregard if you feel the need. This is not a massively comprehensive list, there are many things writers shouldn't do. Like, don't tackle a policeman to the ground just to see what it's like to be arrested. That should be considered a no-no. So let's get to it, Ari's Things Writers Shouldn't Do...

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How To Build Your World: Landscapes (Pt 1)

I'm back with another post in my World Builder Series. This has turned out to be one of my most popular series'.  🙂 In the last article we covered The Sun and the Seasons.  Okay, so today, let’s talk about some of the basics of landscape.  Please note this is part 1,  so watch out for a part 2 popping up. We are going to look at our planet.  The Earth has numerous geological processes that are happening within and upon it continuously.