Evoke Reader Emotion with Compelling Characters

Thesaurus Today, I’ve just added another thesaurus to my book collection, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. By learning how to evoke reader emotion with compelling characters, I’m planning to improve my writing as well as help my clients with theirs. For most of my adult life, Roget’s International Thesaurus has []

Writer Coaching to Develop your Writing

“Writer coaching empowers you with the tools and knowledge to write your book and evolve as a writer.” If you want to write a book but… you just can’t get started, or you’ve almost finished writing the book but you’ve come up against dreaded writer’s block, or you’ve finished writing the book but it doesn’t []

Help me tell my story

“ I’ve got a story in me that’s important to tell. I want to write a story but I don’t know how to start. Help me tell my story ” Does this sound like you? I’ve spoken with many people who have an important book inside them. Some people in their 70s, 80s and 90s []

Commonly Confused English Words

It’s been a while since we’ve posted an English grammar blog, so here is another on commonly confused English words. We also recommend you read the previous grammar blogs, Cool Writing Tips, Commonly Confused Word Pairs, and Desert or Dessert? More Commonly Confused Word Pairs. When revising the draft of your book, it helps to []

Show Don’t Tell and Point of View

 Show Don’t Tell and Point of View I often come across these two issues – ‘show don’t tell’ and ‘point of view’ – in fiction writers’ technique, when helping fiction writers develop their writing, and when editing their manuscripts. Two Common Errors in Fiction Writing We often see the terms show don’t tell and point []

How to Get Your Book Published

If you’ve been wondering how to get your book published, first-time writers will find in this article down-to-earth, practical advice and suggestions to help them overcome the publishing hurdle. How to Get Your Book Published: Top Tip Finish your Book First Publishers and editors don’t have time to hear about great ideas. They need something []

The Writer-Editor Relationship

The Writer-Editor Relationship: a Case Study I am currently working with a first-time writer, Robyn (not her real name), as mentor and developmental editor on her fiction manuscript in the ‘chick lit’ genre. I thought it would be helpful for other writers to read about the writer-editor relationship in this context. Mini appraisal We began with []

Ghostwriting Australia

What is a ghostwriter? A ghostwriter is a writer who writes books, stories, blogs, magazine articles, or any other written content that will officially be attributed to another person – the credited author. Why use ghostwriting services? Sportspeople, politicians, celebrities, and business people are the traditional users of ghostwriting services. While these people are experts in []

Four Things Writers Need to Know about Book Editors

The relationship between a writer and their editor is crucial to the success of every book. Ideally, writers and editors should work collaboratively, sharing the same ideas and goals. But of course, partnerships are only successful if both partners understand each other’s roles. The professional book editor’s role is to understand what it takes to []

Creative Writing Ideas for Children and Teenagers

How do writers write? How do you write? Where do creative writing ideas come from?  Creative kids are everywhere. I’m always astonished at the sophistication of some young people’s writing. You can find a lot of good writing by young writers on the social media sites like Instagram and Facebook. Do you like to write? Even []