Working With Beta Readers

As an author, you will have a range of people read your books before and after they're published. Your Alpha reader, the first person who reads it, might be a spouse or critique partner. Someone you trust and who you feel comfortable sharing your writing with quite early in the process, perhaps as you write [...]

5 Ways You Won NaNoWriMo Without Hitting 50k

November is over, and a large portion of the writing world is breathing a huge, and well-earned, sigh of relief. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is over, and life can return to normal. Some of us may be the proud owners of a NaNoWriMo winner's badge for our social media profiles. Some of us (like [...]

Use Your Fear

Happy Monday, folks! Holly here with my top tip for this week: Use your fear. We’re all afraid of something and it’s so easy to get lost in it and become paralysed. But what if you could ride your fear like a surfer rides a wave? Rather than being crushed by it, you can use [...]

Where Do Ideas Come From?

Most writers have been asked at least once where we get our ideas. There’s no one answer. But there is one truth: ideas are everywhere. The better question might be: How do I notice the ideas? Taking time every day to generate creativity is so important. Make it a habit to find ways to express [...]

Using Your Authentic Narrative Voice

This seems to be in the air right now. Angeline posted something about it on Instagram the other day and then I got into a lively debate in a Facebook group about a related topic that my brain automatically connected - the use of English vs American English. This is going to be a bit [...]