How to write a book

Holidays For Writers – Heaven or Hell?

A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing. ~Eugene Ionesco In between avoiding deadlines and a nervous breakdown, I have been day-dreaming about getting away for the festive season. What is a perfect holiday for…

5 Ways To Get Your Book Lean And Fit

Thank-you for the overwhelming response I received for last week’s post, Do you ever feel like the author of the book you are reading is trying to kill you? I have added your suggestions in the comments section. It is spring in the southern hemisphere and I…

What you said about Writers Write in October

Source for ImageDo you want to write a book? We think these Writers Write delegates feel as if they can after attending our novel-writing course. The course was very detailed. I felt it covered a lot of the issues I was having with my novel. The…

5 Reasons To Write Crime Fiction

Why we read crime fiction We are curious creatures. The dark side fascinates us. We love to listen to secrets. We like uncovering lies. But more than that, we want to find out how, and why, we act the way we do. Real life is…

Literary Birthday – 28 September – Simon Leys

Happy Birthday, Simon Leys, born 28 September 1935 Three Quotes The virtue and power of the Chinese literary language culminates in its classical poetry. Chinese classical poetry seems to me the purest, the most perfect and complete form of poetry one could conceive of. Better that…

Talk Show — How To Let Your Characters Tell Their Story

Dialogue (dy- ã- log) noun: words spoken by characters in a novel, play or screenplay. Dialogue is what story people say. Though it must sound as natural as people talking in real life, every word must be filtered to suit a character, the plot and other…

Is Genre A Straitjacket?

Some writers believe their stories don’t fit into the neat pigeonholes of an Exclusive Books or Amazon. They prickle when you bring up the subject of popular and commercial genres like romance or suspense. It’s a straitjacket: constricting, narrow, stereotypical. Testing your story But does…

The Internal Critic Strikes Back

Gimme A Break In Writers Write, we always ask delegates to write a letter dismissing their internal critic. They can be pretty brutal. The poor guy takes a lot of abuse. Now, for the first time ever, he hits back with his side of the…
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