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“Write what you know”

Um, no?   This advice will cripple you; don't listen to it, don't look at it, don't think about it!   Now, I should qualify this advice does have its place, but it should be taken with a pinch of salt; I'd take it to mean don't write about something sensitive or realistic until you've … Continue reading “Write what you know”

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102 Ways to Spark Novel Ideas

The hardest part of writing is, for many, getting started; formulating a viable idea is harder than it sounds for many writers. Never fear - TheMerryWriter (that's me!) is here to save the day! Well... maybe not, but I do have a list of 102 prompts, story starters, and suggestions for idea generation that might … Continue reading 102 Ways to Spark Novel Ideas

Writing a Killer Synopsis

When it comes to querying literary agencies you will notice that most, if not all, request that a one page synopsis of your work be sent alongside your query. It is this,  believe it or not, that most authors struggle with, especially when it comes to their first query/novel. What to include, what tone to … Continue reading Writing a Killer Synopsis

Choosing a Literary Agent

So you've finished your first draft, you've edited your manuscript (1, 2, 3), and you're ready to get it out into the world. You can go the self-publishing route if you want, but if you want to get picked up by a traditional publisher you're probably going to need an agent. Once you've identified the … Continue reading Choosing a Literary Agent

Self-Editing For Success, Part Three

So, you made it to the hand editing stage. Welcome to hell, children, I'll be your guide!   Print off that pretty manuscript of yours and get ready for a trip into the depths of your own work that will leave you with nothing but weariness. You're going to hate your story when you're done, … Continue reading Self-Editing For Success, Part Three

Self-Editing For Success, Part Two

So, you've rested your novel and you're ready to begin the close editing stage, right? If you're jumping into this series late check out Part One.   Well,  here we go guys; say goodbye to the carefree fun (pain) of #amwriting, and say hello to the agonised screaming of #amediting. The close edit really is … Continue reading Self-Editing For Success, Part Two

Welcome to World Building — Danielle Adams

Hey Lovelies! Welcome to world building. I really wanted to talk about this because it applies to all genres of fiction. No matter where you are placing your story, you’re going to have to make it real to your readers. This can be a little tricky when you’re basing your setting somewhere that a lot […] … Continue reading Welcome to World Building — Danielle Adams

Writing Tip: Names versus Pronouns — Myths of the Mirror

My guess is I don’t need to tell you what doesn’t work about this passage: Mary rifled through the suitcase that John dropped on the bed. “John, have you seen my camera?” Mary’s hands flew to her hips and she scowled. “I’m certain you packed it, Mary.” John scratched his head. It wouldn’t be the […] … Continue reading Writing Tip: Names versus Pronouns — Myths of the Mirror

Self-Editing For Success, Part One

Parts Two and Three are available! Not every writer has the budget for professional editing services, this much is a given, and while you lack the experience of a professional editor you can, in fact, successfully self-edit. All you need, really, is the patience and passion to commit yourself to learning how to edit in … Continue reading Self-Editing For Success, Part One

​On Writing and Self Publishing — Life lessons

Gone are the days when one would write a good book only for it to be rejected by the publishers. Very good books like RICH DAD POOR DAD by Robert Kiyosaki faced rejection by the publishers. which means if a best selling book could face rejection, then there were some good books which were never […] … Continue reading ​On Writing and Self Publishing — Life lessons

Finishing Your First Draft Like a Pro!

Finishing the first draft of anything, whether it be a novel, poem, or short story, is heavy going. There's a reason so many writers fail to finish a first draft when it comes to new ideas; sure, it can be because the idea turned out to be poor, but usually it's down to fear and … Continue reading Finishing Your First Draft Like a Pro!

A Query They Can’t Refuse

Querying an agent or publisher is one of the most nerve-wracking things that you can do as a writer; you put your work out there, and hope to avoid rejection. It goes without saying that the quality of your manuscript will ultimately decide the success of your writing career, but a good quality query will … Continue reading A Query They Can’t Refuse

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