Prologues Writing Techniques

Everything you need to know about writing a prologue for your book

writing a prologue for your book

The opening of your novel is key in engaging your reader. Writing a prologue for your novel can be very risky – it is a double-edged sword; if not used properly it will be a weight around the neck of your story, used correctly on the other hand and it becomes a very effective literary …

Characterisation

Quick Writing Tips: The Essentials of Character Backstory + worksheets

How to write character backstory

Read on for the essentials of the ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ of character backstory. Download our printable worksheets and join in on our character backstory building mini challenge. What is character backstory? Character backstory is a history of the events – particularly those relating to character development – that precede the narrative of the novel. …

Writer's Voice Writing Techniques

7 Essential Tips on Finding Your Writer’s Voice and Translating it to Paper

Finding Your Voice as a Writer

When literary agents are asked what it is that they are looking for in a manuscript submission, the answer is always the same and has been for as long as fiction has been in publication. In fact, it has been for as long as stories have been told. There are the tangible aspects such as …

Show Don't Tell Writing Techniques

Everything You Need to Know About ‘Show Don’t Tell’ in 4 Simple Steps

show don't tell

“Show don’t tell” is a much used phrase, to the point of it having become a bit of a cliche, but one that, when fully understood, has the power to completely transform your writing. Use these 4 simple steps to understand, implement and perfect the “show don’t tell” technique: Avoid summary narrative Appeal to the …

Pace & Tension Writing Techniques

6 Essential Techniques to Master Pacing In Your Writing

writing with pace and tension

One of the number one problems we see from writers is a plot that drags at crucial moments, lacks pace and doesn’t seem to move forward in any particular direction. Rescuing a plot that drags is a self-editing skill that, once mastered, will change the way you write forever. This is an incredibly in-depth topic …

Writer Mindset

How to Feel More Confident About Your Writing

how to feel more confident about your writing

There is no doubt, putting ourselves and our words out there makes us surprisingly vulnerable and adopting a successful author mindset and building confidence is no easy task. Those words you have toiled and pondered over, those emotions you have poured into characters and narrative, and those confidences you have held between yourself and your …