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Where I share tips and tricks for fellow prospective writers, from famous sources and from the community itself.

What is the Rowling Outline?

There’s no question that Harry Potter is a worldwide commercial success on paper and on film, and an inspiration for thousands of writers around the world. J.K. Rowling’s struggles with publication are often-talked about by writers, but what few really discuss is her outlining technique, and in this blog post, I delve into the method behind her magical madness, and how you can apply it to your own novel.

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The Three Stages of Editing

Let’s be honest – your book is going to spend far longer in the ‘editing’ stage than the ‘drafting’ stage. The blank page might be daunting, and spending hours deliberating over outlines or character sheets might feel like the most agonizing part of crafting a manuscript, but the sheer reality is that editing, in all its forms, will be where you spend the longest amount of time.

Today’s writing post (thanks to everyone on Twitter!) takes a look at The Three Stages of Editing.

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5 Lies Writers Tell Themselves

Let’s be honest – writing is hard. Sometimes just summoning the energy to sit down and write even a few hundred words feels like the hardest thing in the world – half the battle is fought between the fridge and the desk (but seriously, chocolate is definitely what I needed to conquer this blog post).

Procrastination is the bane of the writer, the terror we all fight – and here are my Top Five White Lies that Writers tell themselves (and how you can combat them!)
Writing Humor - The Creative Process Pie Chart
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Three Simple Questions to Tackle that ‘Stuck’ Scene

Recently, I gave some advice to a fellow writer and blogger who was stuck on a particular scene in her novel. We’re often prone to random bursts of writer’s block, miniature in size but crippling in nature, where we run into a brick wall at a scene and cannot see a way out.

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What Publishing a Novel has Taught Me About Writing

If you’ve been following me on Twitter and/or Goodreads, you might’ve heard about my debut Sci-Fi novel, The Bureau of Time – and if you haven’t, well, it’s my first published novel and responsible for many late nights over the last year. It’s now available on Amazon and Kobo, thanks to independent digital publisher, Fontaine.

In previous posts, and in the book’s acknowledgements, I touched on how The Bureau of Time has changed my life as a writer, but in this post, I thought I’d explain just how much I’ve grown as a writer in such a short period of time – and how you can apply these same tips to your own writing!

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Blog Swap: How Movies and Television Can Inspire and Improve Your Writing

The Blog Swap is exactly what it sounds like: friends Brett Michael Orr and Rae Oestreich had the idea to guest-­post on eachothers’ blogs, with an added twist. Each month they’ll write a guest post based on a topic the other has assigned to them ­- anything from writing advice, to book discussions, or even literary opinions.

There’s something incredibly engaging and addictive about the way film is used to tell a story.

I love movies, and I love watching primetime T.V. I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead, and any of ya’ll who watched Fringe during its epic five-season run is my official new best friend. Favorite movies? Easy: Independence Day, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and the Underworld and Resident Evil (okay, maybe only the first three) sagas will always have a special place in my heart.

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The Best of Australian Fiction

I spend a lot of time reading and writing American fiction, but my home country of Australia produces dozens of new readers and writers every year in the genres of contemporary and commercial fiction. There are some amazing local novels just waiting to be discovered, so I turned to my fellow Australian Bloggers to unearth their favorite AusLit novels!

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What Is Classical Literature?

A few weeks ago, I asked the question, What Is Young Adult, because it’s my favorite genre to read and write. In the comments, Ally R (@scribble_sprite) suggested ‘What is Classical Literature’ as the next step in the ‘What Is’ series, so I enlisted the help of my good friend – and classics aficionado – Mariella Hunt to explain why she loves older novels!

I’ve been called strange by friends when I tell them what my favorite books are. Very rarely will you hear me mention a modern-day book; no, if you want to start me on a fangirlish rant, it’s got to be about classical literature. I’m an old soul who craves writing styles that take me back in time. I want to see how people lived, what the culture was like–I want to hear about it first-hand.

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Blog Swap: Editing Tips and Tricks – From Draft to Final Version

The Blog Swap is exactly what it sounds like: friends Brett Michael Orr and Rae Oestreich had the idea to guest-­post on eachothers’ blogs, with an added twist. Each month they’ll write a guest post based on a topic the other has assigned to them ­- anything from writing advice, to book discussions, or even literary opinions.

If you’re a writer, then you’re going to have to become an editor at some point, too. A self-editor, at least. Your job doesn’t end after that first draft is written, but I’ve come across many people who find themselves at a loss for where to begin when it comes to editing.

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