Writing Advice

A Message to the Slow and Distracted Writer

This isn’t advice. These aren’t words to help you finish your story. It’s just a message, a shout out, a moment to say: it’s okay to be distracted, it’s okay not to write that novel today or tomorrow or for another year. Writing is hard. It’s said time and time again because it’s so true. Some… Continue reading A Message to the Slow and Distracted Writer

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Point of View, Tense and Narrative Voice

I’m not going to write an article going into heavy detail about the benefits and pitfalls of each point of view, maybe that article will come another day. Instead I want to focus on the different types of narrative that you can actually use. You may already be familiar with point of view and tense, but… Continue reading Point of View, Tense and Narrative Voice

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The Difference Between Rewriting and Redrafting

You’ve finally done the impossible. After weeks, months, years, of gruelling effort you finally have that finished manuscript. But wait! It’s only a first draft. Next comes the big tasks of rewriting and redrafting. Though they’re essentially the same thing, (and most may count them as such) I like to think of them as two… Continue reading The Difference Between Rewriting and Redrafting