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Writing your draft: how to write drama in narrative

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Choosing the right point of view for your novel has an impact on its dramatic effect. It can make a vital difference to how a story unfurls, how it’s told, and how it moves its readers. The author Neil Gaiman, … Continue reading

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Writing your draft: create characters (not clichés)

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Characters bring life and drama to plot. You may have rich, compelling material for a dramatic plot, but if we’re not interested in spending time with your protagonist, and not invested in their journey and character arc, plot action is … Continue reading

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Writing your draft: how to capture ideas

If you’re on the cusp of a first or a new writing project, congratulations! You’ve bought into the most fun and exciting stage of novel-writing, the invention stage. A blank page needn’t strike terror into your heart, or bring on … Continue reading

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How to start a writer’s blog

At 2017’s Festival of Writing, literary agent Julie Crisp took several answers from Twitter users at her workshop, asking if book buys were ever influenced by social media. Please RT: At @julieacrisp workshop on social media & book marketing. #FoW17 … Continue reading

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How to stand out at the Festival of Writing

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The Festival of Writing is designed to help writers meet literary agents: in lucky circumstances, an agent will be wowed, sign you on, and that’s the dream we want to help co-create. Writers have already met their literary agents as … Continue reading

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An interview with agents – how to polish submissions

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Having shared insights with our Festival of Writing 2017 delegates this weekend, three agents – Catherine Cho, Sandra Sawicka, Susan Yearwood – sat down for an interview on getting agent submissions right, what they’re most moved by, what they’re looking … Continue reading

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Sunday at the Festival of Writing – inspiration and motivation

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In the final ‘live’ blog from the Festival of Writing, Sarah Ann Juckes reveals the top tips of the Festival and reminds us how we can do it all again next year. … The last day of the Festival of … Continue reading

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Saturday at the Festival of Writing – top tips from literary agents

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In the second of our ‘Live’ blogs from the Festival of Writing, Sarah Ann Juckes reveals what really goes on at the Saturday Night Gala Dinner. … I’ve been speaking to a lot of writers today and nearly everyone is … Continue reading

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Friday at the Festival of Writing – kicking things off in style

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In the first of this series of ‘Live’ blogs from the Festival of Writing, Sarah Ann Juckes gives a daily round-up of the Festival, including top tips from Friday mini-courses and an exclusive on Friday Night Live. … This weekend … Continue reading

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How feedback helps writers (and on never giving up)

Constructive feedback helps any writer, irrespective of talent or prestige. Any writer hoping to be published needs to take on criticism, and any writer, even the very best, benefits from a fresh pair of eyes. You needn’t shy away from feedback … Continue reading

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How to make the most of the Festival of Writing

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Mari Griffith is a bestselling author of historical fiction. Read her top tips on making the most of the Festival of Writing! … I’d kept trying various writers’ advisory groups, but nothing really opened any windows of understanding for me. … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding for science-fiction and fantasy writers

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Novelists of science-fiction or fantasy know worldbuilding is a huge part of the fun of writing, from magical medieval worlds to apocalyptic dystopias. There’s something wonderful about writing brave new worlds. As George R.R. Martin has written: We read fantasy … Continue reading

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Your Bookbub promotion strategy

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How to get your book chosen on Bookbub, how to structure promotions – and an inspiring case study! You’ve launched your book, you’ve accrued some sales, you’ve had some nice comments from readers and then … Launch sales drop away. You … Continue reading

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Serendipity (or how I met my agent) by Lexie Elliott

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I like contradictions. I like it when there’s a round hole and a square peg that somehow fits it, I like it when things that should be black and white have shades of grey (erm, not those shades. Unless that’s … Continue reading

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A simple guide to a perfect plot diagram

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Plot structure is one of the trickiest and most vital things to get right in a story. But just what is plot? Aristotle would call it the ‘organisation of events’. Plot is loosely defined as a chain of events in … Continue reading

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