Writer's Edit

A newsletter for novel writers looking for inspiration and advice on their creative journey.



Author: Claire Bradshaw

  • The Fuss-Free Beginner’s Guide To Scrivener

    Table Of Contents 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.…


  • Ultimate Guide: How To Work With Beta Readers

    Table Of Contents 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…


  • 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…


  • The Complete Guide To Bullet Journaling For Writers

    Table Of Contents 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • Ultimate Guide: How To Write A Series

    Table Of Contents 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…


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Writer’s Edit is a newsletter for novel writers looking for inspiration and advice on their creative journey.