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What Makes a Compelling Story? The Secret Sauce Revealed

Posted in conflict in fiction, Creative Writing, creativity, Fiction, finishing your novel, genre fiction, how to complete a novel, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, literary devices, Literature, motivation for writers, novels, self publishing, Storytelling, Writing a novel, writing and creativity, writing life, writing mistakes, and Writing Tips

Bad Writing Sells With my market research hat on, I was trawling through book samples, reading the first chapter or two of top-selling, self-published, genre fiction on sale at the major online retailers. I wanted to discover what these books have in common that makes them sell. I…

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Can You Make A Living as a Freelance Writer?

Posted in Commercial Writing, Creative Writing, creativity, discipline, Editors, Freelance writing, Getting published, living the dream, making a living as a writer, writing life, and Writing Tips

It’s Not About the Money, Money, Money Can you make a living as a freelance writer? Of course. I work from home in a room referred to as “the library”, “the study”, “the office”, “the den,” or just “Dad’s cave” depending on who’s speaking and in what context.…

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Writing and Loneliness: Creativity, Joy, and Crisis

Posted in creativity, Culture, Truth, writing and creativity, and writing life

Writing, Loneliness, and Depression At first glance the subject of writing and loneliness may seem straightforward. But it’s more nuanced and complex than you realize. I have a vested interest in exploring this topic.  I suffer from periods of tormented loneliness, diagnosed as depression. The number and quality of friendships…

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Why Write a Blog? It’s Not About Money. It’s About…

Posted in blogging, creativity, writer's journal, writer's notebook, writing and creativity, Writing for Money, writing life, and Writing Tips

Discovering What Your Blog is About This blog is relatively new at the time of writing. While I’ve owned the domain since 2015, it’s only over the past 12 months I’ve written here with any frequency. This is my 45th post. I’m still exploring the site’s identity and discovering what it…

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The Life and Work of Hans Christian Andersen: Lessons for Writers

Posted in Books for Kids, childhood, Childrens Books, Classics, creativity, Culture, discipline, fairy tales, famous authors, famous writers, Learning to Write, Literature, living the dream, making a living as a writer, motivation for writers, writer biographies, writers, writing life, and Writing Tips

Hans Andersen: Poet, Novelist, Storyteller A recent writing commission for a private client involved researching the life and work of Hans Christian Andersen, author of the world famous fairy tales. I was delighted to be paid to revisit his stories and learn a little more of his biography.…

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How Do Authors Create Suspense in Writing?

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How to Write Nail-Biting Suspense in Fiction A reader has asked, “How do authors create suspense in writing? What’s the key to nail-biting tension in fiction?” I spent a long time asking myself the same thing. I also spent far too much time barking up all the wrong trees…

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How to Get Your Book into Libraries as an Independent Publisher

Posted in book promotion, finding your audience, libraries, library, making a living as a writer, public lending right, publishing with a small press, and self publishing

Getting Your Book into Libraries Thinking about how to get your book into libraries as an independent publisher? It struck me the best person to ask would be someone who works in the library service. Eve Merrier is a Libraries Manager just on the outskirts of London, UK and…

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