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Why writing an “easy read” is actually hard to do #amwriting

It’s almost two years since my feel good read A Way from Heart to Heart was published. I was looking over some old posts I’d written around release date, and I came across this one I wrote for American author friend Mary Waibel, about books that are “easy to read”. When I’m writing, I spend a…… Continue reading Why writing an “easy read” is actually hard to do #amwriting

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Hooking the reader with a killer opening to your book #writetip

This month’s Round Robin topic has been set by author Skye Taylor. Here’s Skye’s question: Has so much emphasis been placed by readers, publishers, reviewers, etc, on authors having a spectacular opening page/chapter, that the rest of the story gets left behind? What are your thoughts and experiences with this? This is another topic that has…… Continue reading Hooking the reader with a killer opening to your book #writetip

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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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Writing is emotionally draining (and sometimes lonely)

I don’t normally start a post with a negative headline – who wants to read about misery? – but this subject has been on my mind recently…and in any case, I have the perfect excuse! It’s time for March’s Round Robin, and this month the question is: Are you ever emotionally drained by writing certain scenes, and…… Continue reading Writing is emotionally draining (and sometimes lonely)

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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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Prologues and epilogues – is there a point to them?

It’s the final Round Robin of 2016, and I can hardly believe it! Has someone put me in a time machine and zoomed me to the end of the year? It seems no time at all since I was opening the first page of my 2016 calendar! Talking of endings and beginnings is the perfect…… Continue reading Prologues and epilogues – is there a point to them?

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How important is a book’s title? And how do you decide on one?

A couple of weeks ago I started a competition on my blog to come up with a title for my collection of romantic suspense novellas. Lots of people got in touch. I was really excited with the response, and I’m thrilled to announce I’ve chosen the winner…and it’s the perfect title. Hooray! I’m absolutely chuffed to bits. Thanks so much to everyone who…… Continue reading How important is a book’s title? And how do you decide on one?