10 Tips for Writing Through Lockdown

We are living through an unprecedented situation right now, and it's perfectly OK if you're not feeling at your most inspired or productive. It's fine if you haven't written a word, if you haven't picked up a book to read, if you're just binge-watching old TV shows. There's always pressure to be perfect, or to [...]

How To Get Back Into Writing

This article is a transcript of our podcast episode on the topic of overcoming a writing slump. To listen to that episode, please see our show notes here. All of us wear multiple hats. We’re not only writers but also students, parents, carers, employees.  Then within our author life, we might write both fiction and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]