How to write a book

Play It Again, Sam

Sam applies the eye liner with a practised hand. Lashes flutter, inspecting the handiwork. The matching black lines complete the transformation. The mirror confirms it. Gentle blonde curls carefully styled; heavy make-up perfectly applied. Blush rides hide on gaunt cheeks. Collarbones protrude in an almost…

The Writing Muse I Really Need

I look at the faces on the mirrored-wall and I try to find sympathy with my fellow victims. The woman I see is red in the face, bellowing like an ox. Her frizzy hair looks like antennae. At least, I don’t look like…, oh crap!…

The Hero Of The Story – Understanding Antagonists

One of the problems with plotting... Many beginner writers struggle with plotting. This is often because they don’t have an antagonist. In Writers Write we teach that the antagonist is not necessarily a bad person. The antagonist is the character whose story goal is the…

Words That Ruin Pacing

Avoid these words when you write: all at once began to eventually immediately just then might often proceeded to started to suddenly then Don’t say: Sarah immediately began to think about leaving Tom. Do say: Sarah thought about leaving Tom. Don’t say: Just then Jabu…

Writing Tip – Plotting

Excellent advice for anyone who wants to write a novel. Always have a plan. If you enjoyed this post, you will love: Five Really Good Reasons To Outline Your Novel - before you write a word Six Sub-Plots That Add Style To Your Story The Top…

5 Ways To Add Layers To Your Scenes In Historical Romances

In terms of historical fiction, we look back. It is all about historical context. The research must be fun. It must also fit your story, and lift the narrative. Show us the ‘personality’ of that era, so that the historical setting becomes almost another character…

How Do We Write What We Know?

If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it. ~Tennessee Williams Your reader may not find you, your mother, or your friend as interesting as you do. Even if you have led an incredible life, create a character who…

Writing Tip – The Plot Staircase

Source for Image - Rethinking the plot diagram by Brian Wasko If you want to learn how to write a book, join our Writers Write course in Johannesburg or sign up for our online course.
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