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J.K. Rowling’s Exeter and the Exeter Novel Prize

A couple of months ago a manuscript I’m working on was shortlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize, and last Saturday the award ceremony was held in (of course!) the city of Exeter. So, at the weekend I travelled all the way to Devon for the ceremony. Exeter is a pretty long way away for me.…… Continue reading J.K. Rowling’s Exeter and the Exeter Novel Prize

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8 Tips on Writing Faster from Writers in the Storm

There are some blogs I follow that always deliver great advice for writers, and one of these is Writers in the Storm. For ages now I’ve been trying to increase my daily word count. This week Writers in the Storm published this great post, which I’m reblogging here: 8 Tips on Writing Faster – and…… Continue reading 8 Tips on Writing Faster from Writers in the Storm

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How to put down your book and start writing more productively

Well, another month has passed, and it’s time for our Round Robin already. Where do all the weeks go? It’s a good question to ask for this post, since this week’s theme is on the subject of time –  namely, how do we find time to read, and time to write? My answer to the…… Continue reading How to put down your book and start writing more productively

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Promoting your new book – advice from #MFRWauthor @kayelleallen

About a year ago I joined an excellent support group called Marketing for Romance Writers. The group was started by Kayelle Allen, initially for romance writers, as the title suggests, but now, because the promotional advice and support offered by the group is so wide-ranging, the group encompasses writers of all genres. The MFRW group…… Continue reading Promoting your new book – advice from #MFRWauthor @kayelleallen

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Author Joan Leotta on writing short articles

With the proliferation of websites, blogs and e-zines, there’s never been a better time for writers to target the market for short articles. I’m delighted to welcome author Joan Leotta today, with a (short!) article on how to go about it. Thanks for your time, Joan! * * * * * Writing short articles So,…… Continue reading Author Joan Leotta on writing short articles

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Things I learned about writing at the Edinburgh Book Festival

In three days at the brilliant Edinburgh Book Festival I packed in a mighty amount, and came away with so much learned and so much to think about that I thought I’d put some of it down here, before I forgot everything :)Here are some of the authors I was lucky enough to see, in…… Continue reading Things I learned about writing at the Edinburgh Book Festival

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Heather Greenis on writing Natasha’s Saga

You may remember I interviewed author Heather Greenis a while back about just after the release of the first novel in Natasha’s Saga. All four novels in the saga have now been released, and so I’ve invited author Heather Greenis back in order to find out how she went about writing a story of this…… Continue reading Heather Greenis on writing Natasha’s Saga

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A man’s world? The lot of the heroine in contemporary romance

At the Romantic Novelists’ Association Conference last week I attended a seminar entitled Universal Elements of Romance Fiction, hosted by Catherine LaRoche. Catherine LaRoche is a professor of gender and cultural studies at a college in the US, and has just finished a year at Leeds University in the UK. (My old uni, and home…… Continue reading A man’s world? The lot of the heroine in contemporary romance

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There is a Point Behind Point of View

This post by Mona Karel was originally written for Marketing for Romance Writers . Point of view is something that writers often struggle with, as Mona explains here, and so I thought this was worth sharing. Hope you find it useful! * We hear a lot about Point of View (POV) and how some well…… Continue reading There is a Point Behind Point of View