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17 Ways To Make your Novel More Memorable →

There are always ways to make your novel more memorable.

Here are 17 tips for writers who want to do just that.

I hope these tips help - whether you’re starting a novel, stuck in the middle, or finishing one. I wish you hours of Happy Writing.

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Transitional Words and Phrases - Three reasons to use them →

What are transitional words or phrases?

Transitions are phrases or words that are used to connect one idea to the next.

Why do we need transition words?

  1. They provide coherence to a story.
  2. They help writers bridge the gap between ideas.
  3. They provide a signal to the reader about what is coming next in the writing.

The chart in the post has a variety of transitional words and phrases, and it shows us how we should use them.

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The Top 10 Writing Posts for September 2014 →

These were the Writers Write posts you enjoyed most in September 2014.

  1. Do you enjoy writing short stories? 10 Short Story Competitions To Enter Before The End Of 2014
  2. Grey Expectations - How ‘50 Shades of Grey’ has affected publishing
  3. Banned Books Week  - The 10 most challenged titles of 2013
  4. Which authors earned the most money last year? Forbes - 17 Top-Earning Authors 2014
  5. Making a stand - Three simple ways to get your hero to make a stand
  6. Business Writing - Oh no! Not again - Three questions you do not want to answer with a yes
  7. The characters they are a changin’ - How to use physical changes to reflect emotional growth
  8. How to stick to deadlines - Five Lifelines for Writers with Deadlines
  9. Dire Consequences - How to get your characters into trouble
  10. Looking for help with publishing? Five golden rules for submitting your work to agents or publishers
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Six ways to find the children's story only you can tell →

Write what you love to read – this is never truer than when it comes to children’s fiction.

When writing for children, it’s a good idea to think back to what excited you about books when you were growing up. Of course, it’s important to know what each age group, genre or publisher in the market is looking for – but to tap into the emotions and expectations of a young audience, you must try to remember what made you fall in love with books.

Do you remember the excitement of discovering the perfect book?

Six ways to find your children’s story

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Decisions, decisions – Which short story competition will you enter? →

There are so many short story competitions that you can enter before the end of the year. I find that it can be overwhelming. If you need help, we have a Short Cuts - how to write a short story, course on 19 October 2014.

How do you choose the competition that works for you?

  1. Read the prompt or find out about the theme. Does it seem like something you can, or want, to attempt?
  2. Pick the competition that suits your writing style. If you do better with stories that are 5 000 words in length rather than 2 000 words opt for the competition with the longer word count or visa versa.
  3. Ignore the prize money. Some competitions have excellent prizes, but don’t force your story to become something it is not, simply to be eligible. 
  4. Don’t try to enter them all. Less entries, mean better writing, better proofreading and better editing from you.
  5. Forget about winning and ignore everything I just said. It is a short story. Take a chance. Write in a new genre, try a different viewpoint. Rattle your own cage. Who knows where it will lead.

Short story competitions are unpredictable. Don’t take the results too seriously. They are great to enter and they give you a deadline. Try to have fun and write your heart out. Maybe you’ll win, maybe you won’t. It will be a great experience either way.

Decide on the story you want to enter here: 10 Short Story Competitions To Enter Before The End Of 2014

by Mia Botha for Writers Write

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Why Punctuation Matters in Love and Legalese →

Are you writing a love letter or threatening to get a restraining order? How can one comma cost one million dollars?

It’s all in the punctuation.

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Short Stories -What makes a great short story? →

Some of the finest pieces of fiction are short stories. Reading a short story does not take much time, but you may remember it forever. Some of Stephen King and Roald Dahl’s best work is short fiction. My favourite short story is Roald Dahl’s Lamb to the Slaughter.

Because they are short, with a simple dramatic structure, short stories are easily adapted for film. In fact, Stephen King’s Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption became The Shawshank Redemption starring Morgan Freeman.

But what is a short story?

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Do well-written reports really matter in business? →

The answer is that yes, writing well matters. Poorly written reports could result in missed opportunities, lost sales and lost credibility. 

Why are reports written?

Reports provide a record of decisions taken. They are evidence that issues have been addressed. One of the main advantages of a report is that it minimises the risk of misunderstanding, especially when complex or technical issues are involved. Most importantly, written reports are a permanent record. People can be held accountable.
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Three Ways to Make the Most of Major Life Events in a Story →

What is a wedding if not organised drama? All the elaborate dresses, gifts, food and music, not to mention the unseen family politics, just to witness two people swap two words! We do it because it works, it’s a great show. Where else can you get a hundred people to laugh, cry and celebrate in one afternoon?

Organising the drama

Sometimes as writers we want to bring a lot of characters together on the page for an important event like a wedding or a birthday party, a ball, a fight scene—in fact your story could hinge on these plot high points or set pieces. However, it does take a little planning. Using the example of the wedding, let’s see how it could play out.

Three ways to use major life events in your story

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Do Not Underestimate NaNoWriMo - Five Life-Saving Tips for Writers →

I have underestimated three things in my life.

  • One: My driver’s licence test. Turns out you actually have to know how to drive. Let’s just say I did it more than once.
  • Two: Any diet I have ever been on. 
  • Three: NaNoWriMo. Seriously, this one kicked my butt all the way to Christmas and back. 

Last year around this time I wrote a very optimistic post about this annual occurrence. My suggestions were valid, but perhaps not as concrete as they could have been. I faded in week two, granted at the end, but fade I did. Anyone who has done NaNo before will warn you about the notorious week two. Anyhow, this year my preparation will be better. As I mentioned I cannot write without direction and research shows your chances of finishing increase with planning.

Before the first of November, I plan to have done these five things.

by Mia Botha

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Setting - Three ways to use it in your novel →

So often setting is overlooked by writers, when in fact it’s a wonderful colour to add to your storytelling palette. 

Environment shapes character, informs plot and adds mood to your story. From the moral and religious background of your characters, to changing morals and weather, all of these form a crucible to forge out your narrative.

Here are three ways to use setting in your novel.

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How characters change physically and emotionally in a good story →

It is interesting how we immediately relate to change and uncertainty in our own lives, but we sometimes forget to do this with our characters. Character arcs are important. The person at the end of the book cannot be the same as the person in the beginning of the book. Your character has to change.

How can you show these changes? 

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Five golden rules for submitting your work to agents or publishers →

We are always asked about how writers submit their work to publishers and agents. We found this great post on the Scottish Book Trust website, and they have kindly allowed us to share their advice with you. You can also explore their other writing advice, competitions and opportunities for writers.


Five golden rules for submitting your work to agents or publishers

Have you finished writing your novel? Is it in the best shape possible? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then you’re ready to submit your manuscript. Don’t waste time by sending out vague ideas or a half-finished novel. Aside from anything else publishers and agents need to know that you have the commitment to complete the book before they take it on. Check your manuscript carefully for spelling and punctuation errors.

Make sure your submission meets the publisher’s requirements. Each publisher will have different preferences so don’t assume that one approach will fit all. Make them aware that you’ve paid attention to their requirements and backlist. Sending irrelevant work not only wastes your time but it may hamper your chances of success.

2. Do your research
Don’t rely on sending your manuscript out on a whim. Research prospective agents or publishers carefully and decide where your work will sit best. Research the backlist of titles or authors they’ve represented and demonstrate this in your cover letter. If you don’t know where to start, research the publication history of an author whose writing you would compare your own to. Find out who their agent is and continue your research from there.

3. Don’t turn up unannounced
Never be tempted to ‘drop in’ to see if a publisher or agent has read your manuscript yet. Not only is it invasive, but it’ll also make them far less likely to pick up your submission from the pile.

4. Don’t rely on one submission
If you pin all your hopes on a single submission, you will be disappointed. Instead, research the market carefully and submit your work to as many relevant places as possible. Keep track of your submissions to avoid confusion or repeat submissions.

5. Be patient
Publishers are very busy and receive so many manuscripts each week that it will take time to respond to your submission, if at all. Some publishers may give you an idea of how long it will take to respond, while others may specify that they only reply to the submissions they want to follow up on.

Source: Scottish Book Trust

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Dire Consequences - How to get your characters into trouble →

‘In nature, there are neither rewards nor punishments–there are consequences.’ ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Does the punishment fit the crime? 

One of the reasons there’s such outrage and controversy over Oscar Pistorius’s verdict of culpable homicide is that people are dissatisfied with the less than spectacular outcome of one of the decade’s most sensational trails. There should be massive consequences for a bad deed, shouldn’t there?

Unlike real life, writers can make fictional characters face consequences. You can do this by exaggerating or amplifying the results of your character’s actions, or by exposing something that has been hidden.

Three ways to get your character into trouble

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