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Writing feedback: How to get helpful critiques

One of the challenges for us all as writers is getting good feedback on our writing, especially early in our career. You can get feedback for free or you can pay for it, and you can get it from peers or from professionals. To get feedback on your writing: Join an online writing group or […]

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Writing memoir: Three things to learn from Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott wrote one of the most beloved writing book of all times, Bird by Bird, but she has also had great success as a writer of memoirs.  Writing memoir often means writing about family and other real people. Lamott’s honesty and self-deprecating humour are instructive to any writer interested in tackling the memoir form. […]

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‘My writing is bad’: 8 ways to silence your inner critic

So often beginning writers (and even established authors) tell themselves ‘My writing is bad’. If you tend to criticize yourself to a creative standstill too, you’re in good company: Even the great authors have suffered from self-doubt. The good news is that there are ways to silence your inner critic so that you are free […]

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The power of mentorship

Mentors can be invaluable in every walk of life, but there’s nowhere they are more useful than in novel writing. Many successful people in politics, science, business and other areas credit their mentors as being partly responsible for their success. Because writing can be such an isolated and isolating endeavour, a mentor is particularly helpful […]

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Turning notes into a novel

Most writers don’t sit down on day one of novel-writing and begin spinning a tale; generally, they’ve been outlining and making notes for a while. Turning notes into a novel, a publishable manuscript, can seem daunting. Despite this, the tips below will help you develop your notes into a book. How much work you’ll need […]

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Dan Brown: 10 tips for writing bestselling suspense

Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code among other books, is one of the top-selling authors of all time. What can aspiring authors learn from his success? Plagiarism scandals aside, Dan Brown’s global publishing success garnered endless publicity. The linguist Geoffrey Pullum called Brown one of ‘the worst prose stylists in the history of literature’. […]

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How to start writing a memoir: 10 secrets

Knowing how to start writing a memoir is important if you want to write autobiographical books that hook readers. From humorists like David Sedaris to more serious memoirists, the best memoir writers know how to treat their personal stories with the creativity of a fiction author. Here are 10 tips for starting your next memoir project: […]

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5 classic books every teen should read

Look around for recommendations for books that are perfect for teens and chances are you will come across the same three answers over and over again: the Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and the Twilight series. Chances are you (if you are a teen) or your teen(s) (if you are a parent), just like most teenaged […]

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What The Hobbit characters teach us about character development

If J.R.R. Tolkien knows how to do one thing, it’s create characters that readers love. Luckily, he also knows how to create wonderful worlds and engaging plot twists, too, but it’s the characters who really stick with you after reading one of his books. In the first book in his history of Middle Earth, The […]

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5 ways using morning pages will help you finish writing a book

‘Morning pages’ is a concept popularized in Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way. Using morning pages is a system Cameron describes as something that will ‘provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand’.  Here are 5 ways writing morning pages daily will help you finish writing a book: First: What are morning pages? […]

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