V.S. Naipaul’s 7 Rules For Beginner Writers

V.S. Naipaul’s 7 Rules For Beginner Writers

V. S. Naipaul (born 17 August 1932, died 11 August 2018) was a Trinidadian-British writer of Indo-Trinidadian heritage. He was best known for his novels focusing on the legacy of the British Empire’s colonialism. His comic early novels were set in Trinidad and Tobago and…
Create Power Paragraphs For Stronger Storytelling

Create Power Paragraphs For Stronger Storytelling

When we look beyond story, we see structure. We can break a short story or novel down to scenes or chapters. Each is made up of words, sentences and paragraphs, held together by punctuation. Together, these create a wonderful narrative river, an unbroken stream of text…
5 Ways To Tell If Your Backstory Is Getting In The Way Of Your Book

Is Your Backstory A Threat To Your Book?

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how backstory should be seen as the scar tissue of your book. It is necessary. It will always be there, but we don't need to explain it until the reader wants to know about it, or needs to…

22 Common Nouns & What You Can Use Instead

Guest Post We all know that a large vocabulary can add life to your novel, short story, song, or poem. This week, we invite you to peruse our list of synonyms, “22 Common Nouns & What You Can Use Instead.” Most of these are abstract…
3 Easy Ways To Improve SEO For Your Blog

3 Easy Ways To Improve SEO For Your Blog

Well done. You've created your blog or website. You've chosen a fabulous template that suits your blog's story. Your formatting looks awesome. Your content matches your 'About Us' page. You've checked that your links to social media platforms are working. You know that there are millions of…

How To Publish A Book In 2018

How do authors go about publishing a book in 2018? Jane Friedman says she is always asked if authors should self-publish or traditionally publish. She says: 'Since 2013, I have been annually updating this informational chart about the key book publishing paths. It is available as a PDF download—ideal for…

3 Simple Ways To Kick-Start Your Writing

It’s morning - again. You’re at your writing desk. You’ve just opened your laptop. The blank screen faces you like a hangman’s shroud; the cursor blinks with metronomic impatience. You’re on your third cup of coffee and still the creativity won’t come. What do you…
A Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Write Notices

A Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Write Notices

What is a notice? A notice is a formal means of communication. The purpose of a notice is to announce or display information to a specific group of people. Notices are generally meant to be pinned up on specific display boards whether in schools or…