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In an age of tl;dr, how to hook your reader … by Emma Read

Concerning Hooks The beginning to arguably one of the best books ever written is a twenty-page prologue ‘Concerning Hobbits’.It goes on to provide some fascinating insights into pipe-weedand extensive notes on administrative districts of the Shires. It’s a wonder...

6 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR WRITING PAY by Simon James Green

When I was writing my first novel, Noah Can’t Even, and spending time and money trying to get it ready to submit to agents, I often wondered if I’d ever really make any money back doing this. Sure, having a book published would be a dream come true, and cause for...

The ‘Write’ Moment – Identifying Obstacles & Finding What Drives You by A.J. Sass

There’s never enough time. This seems to be a universal truth, whether you work for a living, attend school full-time, or are a primary caregiver to a child or family member. All of your responsibilities may leave you wondering how you can possibly complete your novel...

Maintain the tension: Huffing and puffing your way through a saggy middle! by Lindsay Galvin

Today’s post was inspired by a workshop I’ve run in schools that links traditional tale plotting to story writing. A common problem in books is a meandering middle. The character has been sent on their adventure to solve their story problem and their problem worsens...

Sub that Book Baby! by Marisa Noelle

  So you’ve written a book, you’ve had beta readers and CPs look at it, you’ve queried it to every last agent in the Writer’s and Artist’s Handbooks, even that one that who’s on a sabbatical to Antarctica, and now you have an agent. (Or maybe you plan to sub to...

The Road to Publication by Emma Smith-Barton

“I’ve got an agent! What now?” Before I got my publishing deal, my focus was always on getting an agent. That was the goal, the dream, and I didn’t really think of much beyond that. Back then, in my mind, getting an agent meant getting a publishing deal. But now I...

Get a routine, get motivated! By Emma Smith-Barton

You dream of becoming a professional writer, but in an industry where hard work goes hand in hand with rejection and there’s little, if any, instant gratification, how can you stay motivated to fulfil your dream? Where it all started... I was eleven when I decided I...

How to keep writing when you have mental ill health – 6 Practical Tips by Kathryn Clark

Alongside therapy, medication, and exercise, many people find writing can help to manage their mental health. But there’s a catch: How do you write when depression means just getting out of bed is too hard? Or OCD has you stuck in a loop of some tedious behaviour? Or...

Three Simple Steps to Writing your Perfect Hook by Julie Marney Leigh

Hooks. We’ve all heard about the importance of a good hook. But what exactly is it? And how do we write one? Let’s begin by looking at the elevator pitch – the entire story condensed into one sentence. A daunting prospect! But it doesn’t have to be. Because the...

#PitchWM

When: Sunday 3rd March until Friday 8th March 5pm GMT. Where: On Twitter, in reply to the pinned tweet on the @writementor account. How to enter: reply to the pinned tweet, with your best twitter pitch (one per person) using the #PitchWM hashtag. You must also RT the...

Hope and a Happy Ending (or, How to Write for Younger Readers) by Emma Read

  The Age of the Age Range Young Middle Grade, early readers, chapter books? On the 5-7 shelf in WHSmiths, or the 6-8 shelf at Barnes and Noble? Where do they fit, and who are they for? Well, according to Caroline Abbey, senior editor at Random House: ‘Chapter books...

First Things First by Lindsay Galvin

This is the first line to my book The Secret Deep. Forgive me for starting this post with my own writing, but it is relevant, I promise. I rewrote the entire opening of my debut hundreds of times, over the course of nearly five years. And it was worth it because I’m...

WRITING IS LIKE FISHING by Carolyn Ward

Yep – really! If you want to catch yourself a fish, you need a rod, a whole lot of patience, and maybe a bag of maggots.  But before you even get to the river you need to make sure your hook is hooky enough, or you won’t even catch a cold. Too often writers grind...

All the Feels – Five Steps for Creating Emotional Characters By Julie Marney Leigh

Before they begin writing their book, some writers see the setting. They see the place dancing with possibilities in front of their eyes. Some writers know the plot. They know exactly what will happen at the major narrative turning points and the tension that will...

Inciting Incidents and the ‘New World Order’ — Conflict’s Big Moment by Julie Marney Leigh

After this week’s fantastic craft chat, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about inciting incidents in my favourite books. It’s usually ‘the’ moment — the one that hooks me into the story, and makes it impossible to stop reading.  Which is no mean feat, because it...

Pantsing, Plotting… or Plantsing: Finding Your Planning Process By Jodi Herlick

Ah, the age-old question every writer is faced with: Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you painstakingly outline every scene before you begin writing or do you take a vague idea, sit down, and pound it out without any forethought, flying by the seat of your...

Openings and Hooks by Chio Zoe

In with a bang Welcome to the new age of short attention spans and immediate gratification. You know what I’m talking about. With so much information out there to see, no one has the time to wait for you to get to the point. Now gone are those days of slow starting...

#WriteMentor Spark mentoring: A Blog Post by Camilla Chester

Who?I’m Camilla Chester, a near-miss, now self-published Children’s Author of three middle grade books; Jarred Dreams, EATS and Thirteenth Wish. I am also, one month in to being mentored through the #WriteMentorSpark scheme and I can definitely see the benefits of...

FIVE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA BRAND by M. Dalto

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are, or what you write- as an author you want- nay, need- a social media presence. And not because you need an outlet to spam your book-selling links once they’re available… to be honest, this is the last reason you should want...

YA (59) DAUGHTER OF A SPIRIT EATER by Samantha Cook

DAUGHTER OF A SPIRIT EATER is a young adult contemporary fantasy set on a mystical island off the coast of Shanghai. It’s told from two points of view and is complete at 74,000 words. The magic in DAUGHTER OF A SPIRIT EATER is comparable to Cardcaptor Sakuraand the...

The Road to Publication by Emma Smith-Barton

“I’ve got an agent! What now?” Before I got my publishing deal, my focus was always on getting an agent. That was the goal, the dream, and I didn’t really think of much beyond that. Back then, in my mind, getting an agent meant getting a publishing deal. But now I...

Never Give Up. Never Surrender.

Every time I finish a book—at least to the point where I feel like I’m ready to send it off to my agent (or, in the past, begin querying)—I think I’ve got a handle on this whole writing process. I’ve written something, and I think it’s pretty darn good. What happens...

A Room With a View – Writing Spaces – Emma Finlayson-Palmer

I'm writing this whilst on a family holiday to Scotland. My room with a view for the week looks out across the Beauly Firth at Inverness. Stunning views, inspiring scenery, I'd like to pack it in my bag and take it home with me. So how do I create the next best thing,...

Are you ready to be a writer? by Clare Helen Welsh

It is widely considered that almost everyone, at some point in their life, will want to write a book. For me that happened in 2013. With no experience, no obvious talent, no clue what I was doing (!) …I began my writing journey after putting it on a ‘bucket list’ of...

Brandy Woods Snow – MEANT TO BE BROKEN – Author Interview

1. Congratulations on having your novel published. Tell us a little about the novel. Thank you! MEANT TO BE BROKEN is a YA contemporary romance that explores the thin line between truth and lies in a small town in the Deep South. It is a story about a reluctant...

Bath Novel Awards by Melissa Welliver

Thursday 13thSeptember in 2018 was a doubly fabulous day for me. Number one, because it was my lovely Dad’s 65thbirthday (hi, Dad!) and number two, because I was lucky enough to longlist for the Bath Novel Awards and subsequently get invited down to the awards...

DO IT THE WRITE WAY By Emma Finlayson-Palmer

In this blog I’ll be discussing some of the benefits of creative writing for your mental health and alleviating stress. Writing and being creative has provided an outlet for many people across the ages. Creative writing can be a journey of self-discovery and a release...

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