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 …

Twitter For Authors: Following Accounts

So now we've got the functions of Twitter covered, let's talk about how you can build up your following. Twitter is great for connecting with like-minded people because of it's unwritten 'follow, follow back' rule. Generally on Twitter, if someone follows you, it's good manners to follow them back if …

Twitter For Authors: How To Create An Account

Creating a Twitter account is simple, free and easy to navigate. But just in case, let's go through the steps below from the beginning. First, go to https://twitter.com/, you'll see the following screen... From here, you'll want to click 'Sign up' if you don't already have an account. You'll be directed …