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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Writing Poetry | 0 comments

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Overkill: how to use hyperbole in creative writing

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Writing Fiction | 0 comments

Overkill: how to use hyperbole in creative writing

Let me guess.

You just woke up sweating in the middle of the night, thinking, “Aaagh! If I don’t find out what hyperbole means right now, the world is doomed!”

And you leapt out of bed, rushed to your computer and scrabbled frantically at the keyboard.

No?

Well, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration.

But occasionally, while you’re reading in bed, you’ve come across the word and thought, ‘Hyperbole? I’m pretty sure it’s something to do with exaggeration. But I’m trying to develop my creative writing: I must look it up some time.’

Here’s everything you need to know about using hyperbole for your creative writing, with lots of examples of the different types:

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Heroes and dragons: how to write transformational characters

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Writing Fiction | 12 comments

Heroes and dragons: how to write transformational characters

It’s the ultimate challenge.

It’s the writer’s equivalent of the quest for the Holy Grail.

What is it?

Creating characters that leap off the page and live on in the mind of readers long after the last page of your book has been turned.

If you want to write a book that goes beyond providing a few hours entertainment to the reader and you want to create a book that helps transform their lives, it starts with creating transformational characters that will deliver a message that allows readers to see their own life in a new way or to see the world around them from a new perspective.

Here are the steps I use to create transformational characters.

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Should you publish your novel on your blog?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Writing Fiction, Writing Your Blog | 0 comments

Should you publish your novel on your blog?

It’s a long old slog, isn’t it?

Writing your novel, I mean.

You’ve been writing for months, but you’re still nowhere near finishing.

And now you’re starting to lose impetus. What’s the point of all this work if no one’s ever gonna read it?

You need some feedback on your writing.

OK, you’d really like a bit of praise to encourage you to carry on, but that’s not the only thing. You’re worried that your novel is going in the wrong direction, or your characters are cliched…

Or is the whole thing just total rubbish and you should quit trying to write a novel and take up the banjo instead?

You’d just like to get a few opinions on your book before you go any further.

And then you get this great idea.

Why shouldn’t you publish your book, chapter by chapter, on your blog?

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12 blissfully simple ways to find blog post ideas you’ll love

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Find Ideas, Writing Your Blog | 0 comments

12 blissfully simple ways to find blog post ideas you’ll love

You’re stuck for blog post ideas.

Again.

Everyone else seems to be blogging their socks off, but you can’t think what to write about.

You’ve tried other lists of advice, and they say things like ‘try writing list posts’ or ‘create a regular weekly post’. Maybe, but what about?

Don’t despair – and don’t give up on writing your blog just yet. We’re here to help.

Try these brilliantly easy ways to generate ideas for your blog:

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Mythbinder Writing Prompts: January 2016

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Find Ideas | 0 comments

Mythbinder Writing Prompts: January 2016

If your New Year’s Resolution is to do more writing, but you don’t know where to start, our January Writing Prompts will give you two writing ideas to challenge yourself every day for a month.

If you haven’t tried them before, read this guide first.

Try giving yourself around ten minutes for the first idea and twenty minutes for the second one. Having fun with these writing prompts? Please share them with a friend!

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Inspiration Stew: Find Ideas for Writing in Your Kitchen

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Find Ideas | 2 comments

Inspiration Stew: Find Ideas for Writing in Your Kitchen

Starving for delicious writing ideas?

Maybe it’s time to cook up some Inspiration Stew in your kitchen.

Whether you’re struggling with writer’s block, want to liven up the next scene in your novel or just fancy trying something else for a change, you’ll be surprised at what a feast of ideas for writing you’ll find lurking in your cupboards!

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A Writer’s Life: Turning Life Experiences Into Ideas For Writing

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Find Ideas, Writing Fiction | 3 comments

A Writer’s Life: Turning Life Experiences Into Ideas For Writing

A writer faces a computer screen.

What do they write?

Do they tap into some life experience they have had? We don’t all lead interesting lives… or do we?

We might think we need to be born with a life filled with regular incredible happenings, one adventure after another, to find ideas for writing, but that’s not true.

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How To Become A Successful Self-Published Author

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Writing Fiction | 4 comments

How To Become A Successful Self-Published Author

Speaking to people who published their own work online, I have heard the same thing over and over again: writing the book was easy, promoting it was the hard part.

Who could blame them for feeling that way? The internet is an amazing tool, but it is large on a scale we can’t really comprehend. It is only accessible to a portion of the world’s population, and yet billions of people are thought to be using the web.

When you have something so large, filled with so many people, how can you manage to stand out? Much less to become a successful self published author based on that platform. It seems impossible, or at the very least a monumental task that explains why so many people are still reluctant to go that route.

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What’s the Point of a Writer’s Blog?

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Writing Your Blog | 0 comments

What’s the Point of a Writer’s Blog?

So, you’re a writer – or you’d like to be.

But do you really need to have a blog?

Wouldn’t it be better to use your precious ‘writing time’ working on your novel, or creating non-fiction articles to sell, instead of spending all your time building up a blog that won’t make you an income?

Many writers feel they will look amateurish without any online presence. but they don’t want to spend every waking moment adding blog posts and answering comments. Others find that blogging is the writing they enjoy most!

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