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“You Talking to Me?” Tips on Writing Great Dialogue

By Claire Buss It’s all about the dialogue. When you think about it, dialogue is all a book consists of. There are the conversations between the characters and the conversation from the writer talking to their reader. I am dialoguing with you right now. Why do we like dialogue so much? Well, ...

Getting Through Your First Draft

By Rebecca Delphine  Writing the first draft of a novel is often painful. The story in your head is perfect and flawless but as you try to forge it into words it can get distorted and difficult to understand. You become a little lost and no matter how hard you try you ...

The Hardest Thing About Writing Is Doing It

By Luke Edley  I plead guilty to being a writer who doesn’t write half as much as he should. It’s easy to assume most successful writers must have cultivated their gift on a daily basis, sitting down every morning (or night) without fail and churning out a couple of thousand words as routinely ...

Top 5 Tips for Plotting Your Novel

by Katie Ginger Writing an 80,000 word novel can seem impossible when you're sat staring at a blank page with nothing but a vague idea. Some people write by the seat of their pants (they're called pansters), some like to drill down to each scene and chapter (plotters) and others are a mixture of ...

Should Authors Be Friends With Other Authors

by Margena Adams Holmes  Recently, in one of the many writers groups I’m in on Facebook, someone mentioned that authors shouldn’t be friends with other authors. This person said that it’s a waste because authors don’t read other authors and their marketing is useless to them. Should authors be friends with other authors?  To tell ...

Five Habits for Writers That Aren’t ‘Write Every Day’

by Connor Sansby Here are five things I’ve learnt that helped develop my writing.  1. Get Some Exercise  Playing some sports clears the mind. It gives you something to focus on that isn’t your work and lets your subconscious do its thing.  It’s really tempting to keep yourself in-front of the keyboard when a story gets ...

Seven Benefits of Joining a Writers’ Group

by Rebecca Delphine If you are a writer and wondering if a writers’ group is for you, then I hope this list of what I found rewarding will convince you to take the plunge.  You realise you are not alone  Before I joined a writers’ group I barely knew anyone who read, let ...

Barbara Nadel: What’s Your Story

by Eithne Cullen Barbara and I meet in the relaxed setting of the Writers’ Lounge. A familiar face at Pen to Print, she mentored me when I wrote my first novel, The Ogress of Reading, and has been a mentor to many other Book Challenge writers. A book of colourful tarot card ...
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The Big Debate: The Right to Write 

by Michelle Sutton and Lauren Towers (L.M. Towton) Diversity in literature is important. To see yourself represented within a book connects us to the story and its characters. However, as an author, is it appropriate to write about a community you don’t belong to? Does it take away from genuine voices ...