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Writing inspiration: 11 authors on how to get inspired to write

Countless writers throughout the history of the novel have spoken of ‘The Muse’, a personification of the writing inspiration that visits us. This week we have a bumper guest post: we asked several writers and lit bloggers whose work collectively spans nearly every genre from historical fiction to sci-fi to tell us about their top […]

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How to write suspense like The Hunger Games

Though written as a YA novel, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was a big hit with readers of all ages. One key to its success was its use of suspense, and we can examine it to learn how to write suspense ourselves. First, create an engaging protagonist. The reader needs to care what happens […]

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Who JRR Tolkien was before The Lord of the Rings.

It’s no exaggeration to state that J.R.R. Tolkien invented the contemporary fantasy genre as we know it today or at least the part of the genre that concerns itself with invented worlds, quests for treasure or magic and mythical races and creatures. But before he became one of the most famous and best-selling writers in […]

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Anne Lamott

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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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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