Surviving Rejection

One of the most nerve-racking steps on the writing journey is submitting your book to agents and publishers. I've been there, done that, and have been rejected—multiple times. It's not fun, especially as you usually aren't told why. With nothing to go on, you're then left to think of your own reasons; was it not... Continue Reading →

When Your Writing’s a Cliché

I recently saw a writing tip posted on Instagram that advised aspiring authors to never start a book with a dream. The reason given was that such a beginning is a cliché; an unoriginal idea or something that has been overdone. I personally like books that feature dreams, so much so that I’ve included them... Continue Reading →

The Art of Not Writing

Everyone knows that in order to write you need to sit down and add to your word count day after day. There’s an art to it, but did you know there’s also an art to not writing. Not writing also requires you to turn up at your desk with the intention of working on your... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Celebrating

Last week I talked about setting deadlines and how doing so allowed me to finally make decent progress on the series I've been writing since 2001. Back then, I only managed to put down rough first drafts, and lots of notes about what I wanted to include, without actually writing the scenes to include them. Since... Continue Reading →

Why You Must Set Your Own Deadline

One of the many perks of being a fictional writer is writing what you want, when you want. When you don’t have a publishing contract (yet), or anyone waiting to read your book, there are no expectations. This gives you the means to go at your own pace and take as long as you like... Continue Reading →

After Careful Consideration…

"After careful consideration…" That was how the email for my first rejection started. After carefully considering the options for the first book in my YA supernatural series, I had decided to find an agent. Having already had the manuscript professionally assessed by an editor who told me that it had potential and was suitable for... Continue Reading →

The Basics of a Good Synopsis

If you’re planning to shop your book around, you’re going to need a synopsis. I started writing one when my first manuscript was complete and I was ready to find an agent. Strangely, even though at this point you’ll know your book inside out, writing the synopsis can be harder than writing the book. I... Continue Reading →

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