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Where do stories come from? The magic of writer inspiration.

It’s time for another Round Robin, where a group of authors each post on the same topic on the same day (but not necessarily the same time zone :) ) This week’s topic has been chosen by author Rhobin Courtright… Where do stories come from? I’ve always found it fascinating how we can imagine whole…… Continue reading Where do stories come from? The magic of writer inspiration.

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Choosing the point of view for your story and keeping it consistent

It’s the first authors’ Round Robin of the year, and another thought-provoking topic for me, both as a writer and an editor. Whose point of view do you like to use when writing your novels? And do you switch between characters? If so, how? I’ve actually been thinking a lot recently about how other writers…… Continue reading Choosing the point of view for your story and keeping it consistent

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Blessings in Disguise – Finding Writing Inspiration and Romance in Unlikely Places

This week fellow Romantic Novelists’ Association member and Yorkshire lass, Rhoda Baxter, is releasing her contemporary romance Girl in Trouble. Rhoda has come up with a brilliant idea to celebrate, which is to ask her friends to write posts all based on the same theme and publish them on the day of release. I love this,…… Continue reading Blessings in Disguise – Finding Writing Inspiration and Romance in Unlikely Places

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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)