Category: Writing

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The Best Advice for Writers in 2017

What is the best advice for writers in 2017? In this post, I provide a round-up of some of the best, recent writing advice from industry experts. For convenience, I’ve organized this page into the following areas of writing and publishing: Best Advice for Fiction Authors Best Advice for Indie Authors Best Advice for Freelance Writers Best General Writing Advice Best Advice...

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7 Inspirational Lessons for Writers from Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark

Sometimes inspiration comes when you least expect it. Take, for example, my recent experience while listening to Bruce Springsteen. American singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen is one of the biggest-selling artists of all time. He even has a planet named after him. And when Springsteen was presented with a Kennedy Center award in 2009, Obama said: “I’m the President…but he’s the boss”. But what...

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Writing News Roundup for 12 February 2016

Here is a quick roundup of some of the latest news in the world of writing and publishing. Leading Authors Press for Supreme Court Review of Google’s Digitized Library The web giant’s digitisation of millions of books – many in copyright – faces a fresh legal challenge, backed by authors including Margaret Atwood, Peter Carey, Ursula Le Guin and Malcolm...

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Inspiration at the Sydney Writers Walk

On a trip to Australia in 2010, I went for a stroll along the Sydney Writers Walk. I took my camera along, so I can share with you some of the pictures from that day. The Writers Walk is a series of circular, metal plaques embedded along the walkway around Sydney’s Circular Quay, and just a stone’s throw from the Opera...

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Top Tips from KDP Authors

In this series of 5 videos published by Kindle Direct Publishing, a number of KDP authors provide tips on writing and independent publishing. You’ll hear advice from Nick Spalding, Talli Roland, Mark Dawson, David Leadbetter, Paul Pilkington and Louise (L.J.) Ross. Each video is only around 2 minutes but packed with nuggets of helpful and inspiring information. Let’s check out these...

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10 Things I Am Thankful For As A Writer

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday when many people give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the year that has passed. It is celebrated in Canada on the second Monday in October and the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. We don’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving Day in New Zealand, but I think it would be...

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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

In 1995, a company called Pixar released the world’s first computer-animated feature film, Toy Story. 20 years later, Pixar is a household name. A whole generation has grown up watching their movies. Without a doubt, the folks at Pixar know a thing or two about good stories. In March and April of 2011, storyboard artist Emma Coats shared a series of tweets...

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Writing Blog Roundup for 10 November 2015

It’s hard to believe we’re already a third of the way through November. For those, like me, who are participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), you should have completed around 17,000 words of the 50,000 word target. I’ve written 18,390 words in my novel, a thriller which is a sequel to the novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo 2013.  If...