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Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Writing Fiction | 1 comment

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.


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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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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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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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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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Writing Fiction | 0 comments

10 Weird Writing Habits of Famous Authors

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We all have read popular books of the most famous writers. But do you know how those masterpieces were created? What were those specific features and habits of our beloved authors? Find the most interesting peculiarities of authors’ ways of writing!

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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Find Ideas, Writing Fiction | 0 comments

Doorways to Writing: How Characters Experience Changes

A golden arch to a magical world.

The smug, newly-painted door to a neat suburban house.

A mysterious wooden door in the side of a hill.

Doorways can have a key significance in writing, because the act of passing through a doorway is more than the move from one place to another; it can also be the change from one state to another. The hidden door under the ivy in The Secret Garden, the wardrobe door in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the tiny door in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland all make the most of this possibility.

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