Do’s and Don’ts of Writing A Dream Sequence

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There’s a great post over on Phil Partington’s blog about when and how dream sequences in novels can be effective.

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How to Write a Book in Four Drafts

I’ve learnt a huge amount from writing this blog. One of the most important being, ‘you’ve always got something else you can learn.’ But now I’m back to writing a first draft, I find all this information on writing techniques buzzing around my head is getting in the way.

It’s like buying a new house and trying to re-decorate everything at once. Nobody chooses the colour scheme, paints the woodwork, puts up the wallpaper, and changes the light fittings all at the same time.

Learning so many wonderful and useful things about writing craft is all well and good, but I’m beginning to feel like I’ve gone to B&Q and bought the whole shop, so now I have no idea where to start.

What I need to remember is a first draft is just that; the first draft of many. So I’ve come up with a plan and it compares surprisingly well to my decorating techniques. Continue reading

Opening the Right Door

Wendy Storer Guest Post

I’ve written a guest post over at Wendy Storer’s Blog on The Benefits of Time and how important it is when, as a writer, you are faced with too many doors and get distracted by choice.

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Getting the Right Know How

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There’s a great post over on Roz Morris’s blog Nail Your Novel all about How to Get Writing Tuition if You Can’t Afford an Editor.

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Finding the Diamonds in Your Creative Writing with Bryony Pearce

Good things come in threes. And today, I’m happy to welcome my third 2008 SCBWI Undiscovered Voices winner to the blog. Steve Hartley and Sara Grant have already offered some excellent advice on writing for comic effect and knocking your first draft into shape. Here’s what Bryony Pearce has to say about the careful use of adjectives and adverbs. Continue reading

Everything You Want To Know About Creating Interesting Characters

Everything you want to know about creating great characters

I’m at the beginning of a new project, well two actually, so I thought it was time to blow the dust off my ‘how to write’ books and see what they have to say about developing a strong character. Because we all know a strong character makes for a strong story.

Here’s the list of what I gleaned: Continue reading

Getting the Conflict in Your Dialogue Right

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I always enjoy the posts I read over on Kim’s Craft Blog. There was one in particular last week which I thought said something I hadn’t come across before. It’s all about letting big conflicts grow from small beginnings in your dialogue.

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