Category: Advice for Writers

Ultimate Guide: Structural Editing For Your Novel

If you're an author who has finished a manuscript, chances are, you may have seen the term 'structural edit' floating around. Perhaps you've even been told to have an editor look over your book for 'structural' issues. In this extensive guide, we'll take you through: what is a structural edit, …

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 …

Does The Perfect ‘Writer’s Space’ Exist?

Have you ever wondered if the perfect writing environment exists? Ever thought about whether or not our writing environment affects the quality of our work? Are there common components that define the perfect place to write? In this feature, I ask four writers about where they conduct their business of writing: author, …

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 …

How To Get Started As A Freelance Editor

There are countless avenues for careers in the freelancing world. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. How do you get your foot in the door? How do you get enough experience? If you’re interested in becoming a freelance editor, you’ll need to establish yourself as a professional with plenty …

How To Use All 5 Senses To Unlock Your Fictional World

'Write with all five senses' is a brilliant rule for working on description; but how familiar are you with each? Sight, sound, smell, touch and taste are five simple details that help make your fictional world come to life. The beginning of human knowledge is through the senses, and the fiction writer begins where human …

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 …