Author: Claire Bradshaw

Top 7 Tips For Researching Your Novel

Research is a given when writing non-fiction texts. Journalists and authors of non-fiction books are no strangers to researching a piece before they start writing – but what about fiction authors? If you're writing a novel and wondering whether you need to research it, the answer is generally yes. The same …

7 Common Mistakes To Avoid In Your First Chapter

Recently, we delved into what makes a great opener for a novel, covering the key elements to include in your first chapter. But just as there are important elements you should aim to include, there are also elements you should strive to avoid. As we discussed previously, your first chapter has the power …

7 Key Elements To Include In Your First Chapter

The importance of your novel's first chapter cannot be underestimated. It's the chapter that introduces your book to the world – the chapter that needs to draw in agents and publishers and readers alike. (No pressure or anything!) Unfortunately, there's no predetermined formula for a perfect first chapter. Every story …

5 Clichés To Avoid In Your Fantasy Novel

Like any genre of fiction, fantasy is susceptible to a wide range of clichés. Unfortunately, it can be all too easy to fall into the trap of using repetitive, unoriginal tropes and traditions. Fantasy fiction demands certain essential elements to fit into the genre and reach the right audience – and …

5 Essential Elements Every Fantasy Novel Needs

So you want to write a fantasy novel. You're enamoured with epic sagas from the likes of Tolkien, Martin and Rowling; you love everything about the genre, and you feel that you have your own fantasy story to tell. But this is a complicated genre to write in. While there aren't hard-and-fast rules to follow, …

Ultimate Guide: How To Write A Series

The word 'series' conjures up different emotions in different writers. Some might grin at the thought of spending multiple books exploring the world and story they've created. Others might rub their hands together at the potentially lucrative benefits of a long-running series. And still more might simply cry in horror, 'A series? Writing …

Ultimate Guide: Mastering Your Online Author Presence

You've no doubt heard the terms 'online presence' and 'author platform' floating around of late. But what do they mean, exactly? And are they really vital concerns for writers? Shouldn't we be focussing solely on the writing itself? While concentrating on writing and writing alone does sound like a dream scenario, unfortunately, …