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How to edit the first draft of your novel (without crying and deleting it) #writetip

You’ve finished your first draft and typed ‘The End’. If you’re anything like me, you’ll feel a massive sense of achievement, along with relief. But then you start to read it over, and with a sinking heart you realise it’s utter rubbish. You force yourself to stop panicking. Of course it’s rubbish – that’s what…… Continue reading How to edit the first draft of your novel (without crying and deleting it) #writetip

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Writing is rewriting: how to be brave and persevere

I have to confess this month hasn’t been a good writing month for me. I’ve started a new novel and I’m about 30,000 words in. A few agents have seen it already, and their comments have all been along the lines of ‘stick with it’, ‘well written’, and one actually said, ‘the opening is brilliant’.…… Continue reading Writing is rewriting: how to be brave and persevere

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Dialogue Tags #writetip #amwriting

Ryan Lanz runs the excellent blog A Writer’s Path – a great resource for writers, full of ideas and writing tips. I’m delighted to welcome Ryan here today with an excellent post on the do’s and don’ts of dialogue tags. I’m just in the process of editing my next novel, so his article has come at just…… Continue reading The Do’s and Don’ts of Dialogue Tags #writetip #amwriting

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Making a start in romance editing @TheSfEP @HelenSaltEdit #amediting

A while ago I got into conversation with an academic editor called Helen Stevens (@HelenSaltEdit) on Twitter. I’d been posting photos of Saltaire – the village where we live in Yorkshire – and we found we had a lot in common. We decided to meet IRL (or “in real life” – I’m down with the terminology :) ) and…… Continue reading Making a start in romance editing @TheSfEP @HelenSaltEdit #amediting

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What does it take to actually sit down and write your first novel? #amwriting #writetip

A very, very belated Happy New Year! It’s been a while since I last posted here. I love keeping this blog. I love the responses I’ve had to my posts and the people I’ve met in the five years since I first started blogging. But I’ve reluctantly decided I will have to cut down on…… Continue reading What does it take to actually sit down and write your first novel? #amwriting #writetip

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Starting in the right place and staying focused on your story. 5 tips from Patience Bloom

Patience Bloom is a senior editor with Harlequin in the US, and I’ve been following her blog (Romance is My Day Job – great title!) for quite a while now. Although Patience doesn’t post very often, when she does it’s always useful, and I’ve picked up many a tip, especially on things to avoid when…… Continue reading Starting in the right place and staying focused on your story. 5 tips from Patience Bloom

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Polish your manuscript until it shines. Author James Crofoot on the importance of editing

If you read my post last week on writing a synopsis, you’ll know that author James Crofoot is here at a very timely time for me.  (Timely time?  I expect an editor would make me change that!) James is here to tell us why it’s so important to edit your manuscript thoroughly before you submit…… Continue reading Polish your manuscript until it shines. Author James Crofoot on the importance of editing