Tuesday Tip Number 1

Hi everyone. I’m starting to add what I’ve called my Tuesday Tips to the website. They’re videos I’m inserting into some of the Writing Tips on the site. In each short video, I read the tip that’s been posted, then add a few extra thoughts. Hope you find them helpful! Oh and here’s the first […]

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May 19, 2020

Tips for Young Writers 31: Working with Themes

This tip really comes from acclaimed teacher and author, John Gardner, but I find it super helpful, so I hope you do too. I read this book a while back and found it fascinating, but the part that really stood out to me was what the author said about working with themes in a novel. […]

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November 12, 2014

Beware of criticism

I’m posting this, because while I totally admire Neil Gaiman,  I’m not sure his ‘fifth fule for writing’ is entirely correct. Here’s what he says … “Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how […]

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November 29, 2012

Tips for Young Writers 22: Accept criticism, but don’t agree with everything you hear.

Welcome criticism, and listen closely to it, but don’t agree with everything that’s said about you or your writing. There’s a fantastic saying that goes, ‘To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.’ Any time you say, do or be anything people will criticise you. Sometimes they’ll be genuinely trying to help you, but […]

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March 28, 2012

Tips for Young Writers 30: Stay Small

It’s easy to get carried away with your storytelling sometimes, so that things get bigger and bigger, and more and more unwieldy for you as the writer. You’d think big ideas would make for a great story, but that’s not always the case. In fact, HUGE stories can be kind of boring. So … Don’t […]

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December 15, 2011