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Why Do I Write? Why Do You Write?

There’s something about seeing someone you love stare death in the face and voice regrets that leads to pondering life’s big questions. At least, there’s something about my father nearing the end of his life and talking about his regrets that has got me thinking deeply.Isn’t it strange how much we dwell on what we think we’ve done wrong, on …

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The Importance of Journalling for Writers

It struck me, at 4.30 am this morning when I got out of bed to journal, that without all the notebooks I’ve scribbled in over the years my sanity would be precarious at best. I had been lying awake with thoughts whirling round my head, and nothing I tried would quiet my mind enough to sleep. Instead I was getting …

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How to Edit Your Fiction: Reworking a First Draft

Are You Afraid to Redraft? First, if you feel nervous or resistant to changing your draft, know that’s normal. But it doesn’t mean you should give in to that resistance or fear! Having been in writing groups, and having taught Creative, I’ve seen first drafts from many people.  And guess what? We all tend to make the same sorts of …

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Editing a Self-Published Novel

photo: imagery majestic/freedigital photos  One advantage that authors who go to the traditional route have over those of us leap into the  independent unknown is  an editor. Without one of these, we have to either be extremely detached when doing our own revision, or find some other people to help us see the flaws in our work. Because, as one …