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Read through the blog archives listed below to find writing tips, tricks, help, guidance, exercises and interviews to assist you in your writing career. No matter if you want to be a novelist, screenwriter or copywriter working from home, this blog is for you!

Give Driving Directions


Long ago I learned a valuable life lesson: Not everyone gives good directions, not everyone receives directions well. You can Learn Writing Lessons From Life As I was just starting out driving (I told you it was long ago), I didn’t really understand. Then I got lost. I had to

What The Hell Just Happened??!!


Not One to Believe Fear in Dreams, I Find Myself Wondering Ten minutes ago, I was fast asleep. Cozy, comfortable, and snuggled down in a blanket (with one leg hanging out). Ten minutes ago, I was rudely awoken, and now here I am. I haven’t even had my coffee yet.

Abandoned Houses Make Great Stories


Old houses make great inspiration. Allow me to tell you a little tale. A personal experience of sorts, if you will. Following a government-backed reason for having to leave the UK, I find myself sleeping on the floor in a friends house, Let’s name them Lon. The plan was to

The Biggest Killer: Self-Doubt


Literary agents, publishers, editors, synopses, query letters… all scary things, all demanding, demeaning. Sometimes they can be daunting, haunting, loathing as well as loathed. Oftentimes heartbreaking, disconcerting, dispiriting. None of them hold a candle to yourself. You truly are your own worst critic. You alone can put out your flame

Freebie Friday is Dead


Freebie Friday, what was it? Where did it go? Why is it gone? What’s next? Here, I will explain the whole mindset and process behind Freebie Friday and why I killed it. What Was Freebie Friday? In the beginning, when Extra Draft was still a baby, I wanted to offer

How I Write Suspense Scenes


How I write suspense scenes is to put myself there, in the moment. Suspense writing is a very delicate art form. When done correctly, the reader should be feeling a mix of emotions. Everything from fear and hatred to slight relief with a bit of worry. They should finish the