Writing Tips and Tricks

Guest Blogging – A Personal Introduction

Guest Blogging – A Personal Introduction

Guest Blogging is now exceptionally popular - but why? Firstly it’s a great way to gain exposure on someone else’s blog.  Secondly by having a link back to your own website you are making your way up Google’s rankings. But most importantly, if you are an writer, it’s a brilliant way to get your words out into the world. It can also be a way of earning some money from writing – but more on this over the next few weeks. Here is a personal guest blogging experience from Lucy Daniel, a blogger from Manchester. It is a particular thrill for me…

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A prompt a day, keeps writer’s block away…

A prompt a day, keeps writer’s block away…

Thanks to Vikki Thompson for this guest post.    Pick up any “How To” writing guide and you will read the same advice, over and over again. That the only way to improve your writing is to write. The old adage, “practice makes perfect” may be a cliché  but it’s one of the best pieces of writing advice anyone will ever give you. As an aspiring writer who dreams of one day publishing a novel, I knew when I started writing in 2010, that I needed to learn my craft. I needed to find my “voice” and my “style” before I…

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Twitter for Writers – Friend or Foe?

Twitter for Writers – Friend or Foe?

As writers we know how hard it can be to stay in the writing flow and not succumb to the eighth deadly sin,  procrastination. But with people now hanging out on Facebook and Twitter for up to six hours a day and the average user creating 90 pieces of content a month, it can be hard to stay in the writing zone and out of tempting hyperspace. We are repeatedly told the importance of social networking in preparation for a publishing contract. Publishers want as much free publicity as possible and having followers on your blog, Facebook profile and Twitter…

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What Stops You Getting Down To Writing?

What Stops You Getting Down To Writing?

Fancy being a guinea pig and getting free help with your writing?     We’ve been a little quiet on the website of late, for good reason: Kate  and I are recording the modules of our new “Breakthrough Writers Block” online programme. The aim is to clear the psychological blocks that get in the way of getting down to writing: not just “staring at the blank page/screen” syndrome but numerous other issues  such as: I don’t have time to write I don’t have space to write I don’t know where to start My partner is unsupportive What if my writing…

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The Causes of Procrastination – and the Cures

Most writers I know are, or have at some point been, Olympic-level procrastinators.  Many years ago, after University, I decided to take a year off to dedicate myself to writing. I spent many a long hour watering the plants, staring out of the windows, cleaning the windows, cutting my fringe, staring out of the windows again (clearer vision now, after the cleaning and fringe cutting) and finding it very, very difficult to write anything.  Why?  Well, the pressure. (Admittedly pressure I’d put on  myself.  No-one was waiting for a 21-year-old’s words of wisdom, that was for sure).   The fear…

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Three Ways to Make Writing Your Work

Three Ways to Make Writing Your Work

At Be the Writer You Dream of Being, we look at the writer both inside and out.   Being practical people, we want to share these three ways to make writing your work: Mindset, Money and Experience. 1) Mindset: It’s who I am not what I do. This is about changing your mindset and your verbal responses from  “I work in sales; as a waitress; office manager; sausage factory operator; or teacher and oh by the way I write as well,” to proudly exclaiming “I am a writer.” Of course the next questions might put you off and sound something like…

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Write Your Tagline and Logline

A tagline is a memorable phrase that sums up your book and makes people want to read it. A logline is a one- or two-sentence summary of your plot that does the same job.  Both have their uses. Writing your own tagline and logline is valuable because You have an instant answer to the irritating question ‘What is your book about?’  And you can answer it whilst adhering to the fundamental rule Never talk about your book!  When a friend or stranger asks you what you are working on, you can tell them succinctly, and with confidence. They build excitement…

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