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  • Author Platform

    What is cooperative blogging?

    I am about to share with you a secret that successful bloggers all instinctively know but few understand – cooperative blogging. What is cooperative blogging? Cooperative blogging is when two or more bloggers conspire to cover the same topic. Usually, they do so from different perspectives and acknowledge the contributions of each other such that their readers…

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  • Advice

    This is the year your writing gets better

    Your writing will only ever be as good as you let it become. This year (2018) your writing gets better. Just follow our simple guide. For as long as you continue to write in the same way and tell the same sorts of stories, you will get the same sort of writing. To grow as…

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    Storytelling

    The five types of antagonist

    In a story, there are five types of antagonist. Only one of those is what you would consider a “bad guy” in any way. A story without conflict is not interesting but did you know that there are four other ways to bring conflict other than by having a villain? I made mention of this on…

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  • Getting Published

    The Business of Writing

    This post is about the business of writing because writing is a business. I’m going to do my best to look at the numbers of publishing. Author Buzz UK talked about the shocking truth of author earnings earlier this year. In that Routes to publishing There are two routes you can go down when seeking…

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    World Building

    Brandon Sanderson’s rules of magic

    Do magic systems in fiction need rules? I don’t know. But I do know that Brandon Sanderson, an author that has written a lot of books, has three (four) rules for how to write magic. What is magic? Magic is whatever awesome or unusual stuff you have invented for your story. By this definition, the made-up…

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    World Building

    Writing a sense of place according to the Internet

    I have to confess that I struggle with creating a vivid sense of place sometimes. Usually when the setting is relatively mundane – some town, some house, someone’s back garden. To help me overcome this weakness, I’ve looked at what the Internet has to say about creating a vivid world. Focus on specific details said the Scottish…

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  • Competitions

    Do you NaNoWriMo?

    Who else has heard of NaNoWriMo? If you have yet to encounter it, this is your introduction to something that will take you nought to novel author in just 30 days. NaNoWriMo, or the National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write a novel in just one month. Impossible you say, that’s what I thought…

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  • Characters

    Why we need to write fewer white male protagonists

    If you are looking for an audience for your stories you could do a lot better than targeting white able-bodied blokes. That market is already saturated. There are a lot of people hoping to read about people like themselves. You are missing out on willing readers if you ignore them. There is nothing wrong with white…

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    World Building

    World Building: Alien Numbers

    In this post, I am going to take a brief look at constructing the idea of Alien Numbers in your alien world. World building your alien world is a topic I hope to visit a few times. Perhaps not to the same depth as mental illness or crafting authentic female characters but to a good degree….

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NaNoWriMo30th November 2017
It's all over for another year. Time to think about editing.

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