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Month: May 2016

How Does Symbolism Enhance a Story? Advice for Writers

Posted in creativity, how to complete a novel, Learning to Write, symbolism, Writing a novel, and Writing Tips

Symbolism and the Language of Literature I was recently asked by a reader of this blog if I could answer the question, “How does symbolism enhance a story?” It’s an interesting question and I’ll do my best to answer it. I remember very clearly from my school days…

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Is Steampunk Science Fiction or Fantasy?

Posted in fantasy, genre fiction, science fiction, and Steampunk

The Trouble With Genre Definition I was chatting to a librarian friend the other day who was puzzling over where to place a book. Frowning, and waving the book at me in accusatory fashion, she said, “Austin, you write this stuff. Is steampunk science fiction or fantasy?” I…

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The Relationship Between Author and Editor: How to Make it Work

Posted in creativity, discipline, Editors, Getting published, how to complete a novel, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Publishing, self publishing, Writing a novel, and Writing Tips

Making the Writer/Editor Relationship Work Let’s talk about the relationship between author and editor. After all, whether you’re traditionally or independently published, the relationship you have with your editor is probably essential in deciding whether or not you have success with your writing. I’m going to look at…

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How to Stay Motivated to Write a Novel: 5 Top Tips

Posted in creativity, discipline, finishing your novel, Getting published, how to be a prolific writer, how to complete a novel, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, motivation for writers, publishing your first book, Writing a novel, and Writing Tips

Writing A Novel Is Hard Work From many conversations I’ve had with writers, particularly new writers (although it seems to be a ubiquitous problem regardless of length of experience) it can be a real problem working out how to stay motivated to write a novel. One of the difficulties…

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Writing in a Hotel Room: The Perfect Place to Write

Posted in creativity, discipline, finding time to write, Learning to Write, Productivity for creatives, prolific writer, Writing a novel, writing in hotel rooms, and Writing Tips

A Writing Retreat I’m writing this post in a hotel room. And I’m in this hotel room just to write. I’m not on holiday. I’m not a tourist. I’m not visiting friends. On the contrary, the “do not disturb” sign is positioned permanently on the outer handle of…

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How to Keep Writing: 3 Tips for Completing Your Novel

Posted in creativity, discipline, finding time to write, Getting published, how to be a prolic writer, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Productivity for creatives, prolific writer, Publishing, publishing your first book, self publishing, The debut novel, Writing a novel, and Writing Tips

Be Not Afraid! In my last post I discussed how difficult it can be to follow up on your first novel and identified the key inhibitor to progress as simple fear: either fear of being unable to complete the work, or fear of completing the work and it turning out…

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