The process of working with an editor

January 11, 2020

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April 7, 2020

What lies behind the door? Let your imagination fly!

February 11, 2019

What is an Inciting Incident - and do we need one? Read on to understand why (and where) we need inciting incidents in our books.

July 27, 2018

As with last week's 'rule' you need to understand why this advice is given to newbie writers in order to understand when to follow it and when to break it.

July 20, 2018

Rules provide structure, and trust me I know how scary it is to step outside that structure. Having to exercise our discretion is hard, without the safety net of rules. But if you want to write well, you're going to have to do what I do: suck it up, and step outsid...

July 6, 2018

This is the third and final post in my series of tips on how to write lean and mean, and how to reduce the word counts in our novels.

June 29, 2018

Lean writing is an art form, one that takes practice to achieve. It is writing that doesn't draw attention to itself, but flows easily, enabling the reader to get drawn into the story without distractions. So how do we reduce the fat in our novels? Here are my next...

June 22, 2018

Lean writing is an art form, one that takes skill and practice to achieve. Lean writing is the kind of writing that doesn’t draw attention to itself, yet fills the reader with an unconscious awareness that they are in the hands of a skilled story teller.

September 30, 2017

In last week's post on writing for 21st century readers I discussed issues affecting all genres. This week I'm looking at an issue specific to Romance: Consent.

September 1, 2017

You'd be excused for thinking I'm a b!tch to diss my competition with a post like this - but far from it! Firstly, I don't see other coaches as the competition, and secondly, I'd be the first to admit I'm not equal to many of the writing coaches out...

July 21, 2017

As important as the rest of your book is, if you haven't managed to hook the editor / agent / reader in those first few pages, all the rest will be wasted effort.

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