There are times when your plot calls for things to go one way but your characters want to steer your plot another direction. Do you want to know how to steer your plot in the direction you have determined? And … Continue reading How to use the scene-sequel cycle to steer your plot
So you have decided that NaNoWriMo is the perfect time to write that novel you have been wanting to write. Now “all” you have to do is write it. Here are ten tips to get a novel written in 30 … Continue reading Tips for Winning NaNoWriMo
I’d like to explore an idea with you – the idea of a minimum viable story. We often overcomplicate stories and run the risk of never finishing the story. What is Minimum Viable Story? In business one of the things … Continue reading Minimum Viable Story
If your author platform is spread out across many social media platforms, how can you stop it eating up all of your time and expand it? Your author platform is, as many readers will be aware, the sum total of … Continue reading Expand and integrate your author platform
The very best writers are those that have learned to love “necessary mess” as part of their writing process. First drafts: A necessary mess Have you have ever looked at something you have written and thought “oh dear lord, what … Continue reading How professional writers embrace necessary mess
The advice “show; don’t tell” is readily dished out by writers. Which is all well and good if you happen to know what on Earth they mean by that. The truth is that once you see the difference you can easily … Continue reading What do you mean “show; don’t tell”?
We would love you to write for us but should you write for us rather than, say, a publication that pays well? There are good reasons why you should write for us and just as many (if not more) why you should not. If you are unsure if writing an article or story for Thanet Creative is for you, here is a short guide. Continue reading Why you should (not) write for us
This post is about “active voice” and “passive voice” in writing. I will show you why you should not worry about them. The truth is that while the active and passive voice can both be worth knowing about, they are … Continue reading Stop worrying about active or passive voice
Writer’s block – when you don’t have it and the muse is with you it is great and when she runs off and you feel blocked it sucks. How do you overcome writer’s block? This post is inspired by a … Continue reading Overcoming Writer’s Block
How do you deal with aggressive comments and angry feedback? I write about Christianity. As a result, I deal with my fair share of confrontational comments. None of them on my blog sadly. (I would love some nice comments if you … Continue reading Dealing with aggressive comments
If you come to Thanet Creative’s events for writers, sooner or later you may be asked to be a test reader. Test reading, commonly called beta reading, is the cornerstone of a good critique group. Offering solid feedback to a … Continue reading Three questions every test reader should ask
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 … Continue reading What is cooperative blogging?