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Avoiding cliche

The Crematorium of Cliche

Guest Post: How to salvage your writing from the crematorium of cliche. by Joanne Fedler   Aspiring writers sometimes ask me, ‘How can I write like you?’ The answer is, ‘You don’t want to write like me, you want to write like you. You want to find your writing voice, and that will…

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The Spiritual Writer

Guest Post: 9 Spiritual Principles To Make You More Creative by Joanne Fedler Creativity, like any other skill, can be nourished. It’s important to remember, though, that it takes time and dedication to tap into your inner wellspring of natural creative ability. With that in mind, here are nine spiritual…

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Show, Don’t Tell

AKA: why writers need to show us the goods, rather than tell us to buy them.   The old show vs. tell rule is one of the most important for good writing, and once you understand it, you’ll find yourself cringing over old work that suddenly appears gauche and overstated (I…

ABOUT LOVE

The Good, the Bad & the Unbelievable

A Day in Bali

I often ask myself, what is it about Bali? The jagged blue line of Mt. Batur, intriguing and vaguely threatening as it towers over the lowlands. The fathomless eyes that glance beneath paddie hats, impassive as they see right through you. The Island asks us to lose ourselves and happily…

ENTER MR. EXTROVERT

The first thing I noticed about my partner was his smile, easy in its own outrageousness. At first I was dubious, but after weeks of him acting like it was totally insane for us to not be together, I started to agree. The rest as they say, is history. Extroverts…

WHEN YOUR LOVER IS OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE

At 17, I was a size six blonde with an ego to match. I would read things like “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” and pity women without a two finger gap between their thighs. Most of my friends still lived at home, but years in boarding school—and a…

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Bio or Bust

If there’s one task every writer loathes, it’s sitting down and attempting an author bio that is fun without being cheesy, and informative rather than dull. In the age of self promotion, an author’s bio is both essential for any books you publish, but also for the profiles you maintain online and…

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Bad-ass Book Descriptions

You’ve just spent months, or perhaps years slaving away over your novel, and now it’s ready for the world. But before readers download the sample or hit buy, they will appraise your cover and book description to decide if it’s right for them. Now that you’re at the finish line,…

How to use tracked changes

Word: Tracked Changes

When receiving your first ‘tracked changes’ document, you’re often faced with a jungle of blood-red lines, a rash of bubbles and pointy arrows that leave your thinking your baby’s been hacked at by savages. But once the initial horror has passed, it’s important to learn more about this fabulous feature….