Great tips for writing sex scenes

The writing of sex scenes has been turned on its head by the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy written by E.L. James.  The sex in her books though, as unconventional as it is, is the premise of the entire plot.  While this hasn’t detracted from it becoming a bestseller (quite the contrary!) it has been clearly […]

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How to write a book proposal or pitch

Knowing how to write a book pitch that entices interest is crucial for increasing your chances that your book is accepted for publication. Following some of the tips below, it is more than possible that your proposal will be taken seriously by an agent or publisher: We suggest that there are at least three critical […]

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Top 10 writing contests

One of the best ways to get recognised as a writer is to enter a writing competition.  Of course you are not guaranteed to win, but if you do you will be able to use that to add to your credibility once you are ready to publish – it is also great practice! The Writer’s […]

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How to emulate Hemingway

Hemingway was one of the most notable writers of the 20th century – a fantastic reason for wanting to emulate his writing style! It is from the greats that we can follow guidelines and snatch snippets of style to model pleasing prose. Ernest certainly did have a distinct and influential style, one that continues to […]

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Tips from the Masters: Charles Dickens

Emulating Charles Dickens’s writing style has been attempted by many, and only partially achieved by few.  It is mostly known to be old-fashioned, outrageously imaginative, wordy and sentimental. His popularity is probably most attributed to the fact that he wrote in installments, keeping his followers in unbearable suspense in between publications.  His writing style and […]

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What is good writing? 10 Best Twentieth Century Poems

Ladies and gentlemen, here it is: the 10 Must-Read Twentieth Century Poems! Are you ready? In descending order, we have… 10. Queen Anne’s Lace – William Carlos Williams This Modernist writer utilized vivid imagery expressed through deliberately casual, everyday American English. “Queen Anne’s Lace” is nowhere near as famous as his oft-anthologized “The Red Wheelbarrow,” […]

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10 Dialogue Tips From Screenwriters

When writing a book, the novelist can describe action to the reader through prose. Screenwriters must convey these actions silently and use dialogue as a primary force to drive their plots. The novelist would be wise to learn from screenwriters how to incorporate effective dialogue when writing a book. The following are some tips, thoughts […]

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J.K. Rowling on how to publish a book

Image credit If there’s one person we should all be taking writing advice from, it’s J.K. Rowling. Not only did she manage to write a book that spawned a series and a series of hugely successful movies, she transformed herself from a never-before-published writer into the first billionaire author on the planet. And all because […]

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Five great writing tips from J.K. Rowling

Image credit These days, J.K. Rowling is a household name all over the world – the first billionaire author on the planet and the creator of a world that many of us can’t imagine life without. But how did unpublished writer Joanne Kathleen Rowling turn into this superstar? Read J.K. Rowling’s best book writing advice: […]

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Roald Dahl’s Charismatic Characters

Reader or not, it would be rare to find an adult that has not heard of the author, Roald Dahl. It may take a moment or two, but mention, ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ or ‘Willy Wonka’ and instantly recognition occurs. His stories strike a chord with adult and child alike, captivating our imaginations generation after generation. […]

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