Author: Claire Bradshaw

10 Simple Tips For Writing Clever Plot Twists

10 Simple Tips For Writing Clever Plot Twists

Writing plot twists is much harder than it looks. As readers, we’re used to devouring mind-blowing twists and turns, marvelling at the cleverness of the writers who devised them. But as writers behind the scenes, it’s difficult to dream up

The Comprehensive Post-Draft Game Plan For Your Novel

The Comprehensive Post-Draft Game Plan For Your Novel

So you’ve finally finished that difficult first draft. Congratulations! Writing an entire novel is a massive undertaking, and you’ve done super well to make it this far. As you know, though, the hard work doesn’t end here. There’s still a lot

The Fuss-Free Beginner’s Guide To Scrivener

You’ve no doubt heard of Scrivener before. Developed by Literature and Latte, this piece of novel-writing software is expansive, affordable, and extremely popular with experienced authors and beginners alike. But just why is it so popular? Do you really need yet another

Ultimate Guide: How To Work With Beta Readers

So you’ve finished writing, rewriting and self-editing your novel. It should be ready for professional editing, self-publishing or querying now, right? Well, there’s actually one more step in the process that we suggest you add: working with beta readers. You’ve probably

5 Surefire Ways To Raise The Stakes Of Your Story

5 Surefire Ways To Raise The Stakes Of Your Story

Every story must have stakes. Stakes (especially high ones) keep the plot moving, keep the characters growing and changing, and keep your readers engaged. Without high stakes, your story may feel flat, the pacing of your plot may lag, or

The Complete Guide To Bullet Journaling For Writers

You may have seen the terms ‘bullet journal’ or even #bujo floating around lately. Bullet journaling is a hugely popular method of organising, documenting and reflecting on your day-to-day life. It’s a customisable combination of journal, diary, notebook, to-do list –

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

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.

7 Key Elements To Include In Your First Chapter

The importance of your novel’s first chapter cannot be overestimated. It’s the chapter that introduces your book to the world – the chapter that needs to hook readers, agents and publishers alike. (No pressure or anything!) Unfortunately, there’s no predetermined

5 Clichés To Avoid In Your Fantasy Novel

Fantasy fiction demands certain essential elements to fit into the genre and reach the right audience. But in seeking out those essential elements, you might fall prey to some dreaded fantasy clichés. Like any genre of fiction, fantasy is susceptible to