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Real Names vs Pen Names

By Luke Edley  There are lots of writers who choose to write under pen names for many different reasons. But few seem to acknowledge why the popularity of certain names can be a determining factor in a writer’s decision to embrace a nom de plume.  Joanne Rowling, for instance, may have chosen J.K. Rowling ...

Coping With Rejection

by Seb Reilly  As everyone who has worked in sales knows, there is a pattern to rejection. Door-to-door sales work on the 10% rule—for every ten people they speak to, one will buy what they are selling. The acceptance ratio in publishing is much lower than 10% but the principle still ...

Five Ways to Fix A Scene

By Rebecca Delphine  You’ve written your first draft and a few selective people have read it and given you feedback. They point out a scene that doesn’t fit right, or even if they don’t notice it, you know deep down there are one or two scenes that don’t feel how they should. ...

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 ...

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 ...