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How this Newbie Writer Scored 2.1 Million Wattpad Reads

(and Lived to Tell the Tale)   Based in New Zealand, M. N. J. Greenhill is as mysterious and elusive as the paranormal characters in her stories. If you’ve never heard her name that might be because you’re yet to explore Wattpad, a website where people can read novels from…

Romance Editor

Finding a Great Romance Editor

“Good romance editors are worth their weight in bestsellers.” Romance editors: it might be hard to find one who embodies all of the attributes below (I’m not sure I do!) but these tips will help you navigate your way to the romance editor of your dreams. Alternatively, if you already have…

Are you ready to become a writer?

Are You Ready to Become a Writer?

I’m not sure how I decided I was ready to ‘swallow the red pill’ and become a writer, leaving the Matrix behind. But when a friend of mine contacted me seeking advice about her own career change, I was forced to think about the actions and beliefs that led to…

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3 Tips in 2 Minutes

In this post I share three very hot writing tips in only 2 minutes, taken from a Skills Sharing session I hosted at Hubud in Bali, Indonesia.

show don't tell rule

‘Show Don’t Tell’ Rule

Rule: SHOW us the goods, don’t TELL us to buy them.   The old ‘show don’t 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 know I did). So,…

finding novel's theme

Finding Your Novel’s Dream Theme

Many writers shiver at the T word. After all, finding a novel’s theme sounds so intellectual, a boring week of high school English you’d rather leave forgotten. But throw out theme at your own risk, because it’s the secret ingredient that will make your story soar, or leave it sorely lacking….

adverbs

Awfully Awkward Adverbs

  An adverb is a descriptor such as: She rubbed her eyes and said tiredly, “These adverbs are so redundant.”  Consider that sentence. The word “tiredly” didn’t need to be there, because we already indicated she was tired by saying she “rubbed her eyes”. Recognisable by their ‘ly’ ending, adverbs…