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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!

Fading Starlight: One of Our Own Does it Again


Samantha Heuwagen is set to release the second book in her Starless Series. She stopped by to answer questions for the podcast, give you some insight into the book and to tell you all about the much-anticipated release of Book 2: Fading Starlight. The Starless Series If you are unfamiliar

Do You Have to Write Every Day?


There are a couple of adages running around the writer’s community. If you want to write better; read a lot. Also, if you want to write better, write a lot. Write every day. That is what they tell you. The elusive “they” seem to know everything. Are they right though?

Why Starting a Rough Draft Can be so Hard


It isn’t often that we give a whole lot of thought to our rough drafts. By the time we sit and start writing, we have so many other things on our minds that the actual draft becomes more of “just a step” instead of the fundamental building block it truly

Ending Scenes or Chapters – The Right Way


Ending scenes the right way can be tricky. There are certain rules that each chapter, or scene, should follow. I know this is counter-intuitive since writing really doesn’t have any rules but bear with me. The idea of a scene is to provide more information to the reader to keep

Who You Should Be Writing For


We write stories in a certain genre. We have a connection with a particular audience. Our readers are thought to be of a specific type, age range, nationality or any other aspect we deem we are writing our story to, or for. When writing the drafts, however, we shouldn’t focus

The Devil is in the Details


As a writer, we must decide how many details to include in our created worlds. Believe it or not, there is a fine line for most readers between too little and too much. Finding that perfect detail balance is what we will discuss this week. What Readers (Mostly) Expect Some