Category: Resources for Writers

6 Quick Tips For Writing Gripping Scenes

Scenes drive your story forward; without them, there would be no novel. Your scenes need to keep your reader on the edge of their seat with your plot and characters because otherwise, they won't keep reading. Looking at your novel on a scene-by-scene basis is a critical step in the writing and editing process. Here's …

9 Simple Activities To Inspire Your Writing

As a writer, it's easy to feel like you've completely exhausted all your ideas when you need to be creative all the time. The good news is, you can never run out of creativity! As John Steinbeck once said, "Ideas are like rabbits, you get a couple and learn how to handle …

4 Signs It’s Time To Quit A Writing Project

There is a romantic myth that surrounds writers. This myth is rife with infatuation, possessiveness and protectiveness: a writer is supposed to be obsessed with their work. Utterly absorbed. If their creative process stalls, or in some instances flatlines, the writer should just work harder. More rewrites, more experimentation. They should even …

Do Authors Really Need A Creative Writing Degree?

It’s an age-old question: is the ability to write creatively an inherent or learned skill? With the wide availability of writing courses at tertiary level in recent years, the question becomes even more pertinent: are writing degrees worth their salt? Do we really need a degree to be ‘legitimate’ authors? …

3 Easy Tricks For Improving Dialogue In Fiction

Think dialogue is just a case of he said, she said? Wrong. Dialogue is much more than a to-and-fro between characters; dialogue is the backbone of your narrative. In a single conversation between characters you can snag a reader and reel them in to shore. On the other hand, if your …

Top 5 Tips For Writing Compelling Young Adult Fiction

Young adult fiction is one of the most commonly read categories of fiction around. Despite its namesake, which implies writing exclusive to a particular age group, successful YA fiction is read and indulged in by many other age groups and tends to have a tremendously passionate following. When it comes to …