How to write a book

5 Ways To Outline Your Book

Outlining a novel Excel: “The reason I use Excel is based on a writing principle I discovered years ago.  I call it getting a God’s-Eye View of the story.  I realized that by typing out my outline beats in a normal word processing program it took screen after screen…

Creating Larger-Than-Life Characters

When you write fiction, you start with character, the heartbeat of the novel. Characters are interesting people in terrible difficulties. Readers read novels for story but also for intimacy - they want to move into a character’s life, live inside his or her thoughts and…

The Emails I Love

 Dear Amanda I love receiving emails from Writers Write graduates. I especially love the ones where writers tell me they have found an agent, have signed a publishing contract, or have books that have just been published. The last few weeks were full of these.…

Winning Words – Romance Writing Short Story Winners

More good news for Writers Write! Another Writers Write graduate has won the The Essentials romance writing competition. Suzanne Jefferies, who completed Writers Write, and Writers Write 2,  was the winner for her entry ‘The Hunt’. Graduates, Shelagh Foster and Mia Botha, were previous winners of the competition.…

Harry & Luke – There Are No New Plots

Harry Potter & Luke Skywalker - there are no new plots I don't know where this comes from originally, but we've been using it to teach plotting in our creative writing classes for a very long time. (9 years now, I think) Just choose a…

Beat Writer’s Block With Help From The 4 Elements

Beating The Imaginary Block Writers are doing themselves a disservice when they perpetuate the myth of writer’s block. If writers want to be taken seriously, and, if writers want to be properly paid, they need to behave professionally. There are four elements that help you…

10 Things Every Romance Writer Needs

These are the ten things every romance writer needs to stay ensconced in that iridescent, happy bubble of handsome heroes and happily-ever-after. Writing is hard work, but we should keep it fun. Quickies. Look for the romance around you, keep a notebook or index cards…
5 Story Goals That Define A Plot

5 Story Goals That Define A Plot

Characters need story goals. They need other characters to oppose those story goals. This is the how you begin to plot. If you don't provide one for them, you will have an aimless story. Love is not enough Wanting to find ‘love’ or ‘acceptance’ or…
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