Don’t Say You’d Like to Write

I love complaining about it. I love reading about it. I love hearing about others do it but most of all, I love doing it myself. If you can't tell, I'm talking about writing. It's more than just a hobby for me - it's a major part of my life and my identity. I practice... Continue Reading →

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Rules Are Just Tools

Sometimes, the rules are there to protect us. In the case of the law, it's to protect us from harm. In the case of the writing 'rules,' it's to protect us from terrible books. Some rules, like the use of correct grammar, are helpful throughout your whole life. Others, however, are actively harmful to your... Continue Reading →

The Worst Trait in an Aspiring Author

Honestly, we can be an annoying lot, we aspiring authors. Even published authors are irritating sometimes, if not in actual personality then with the erratic mood swings. One moment our WIP is the greatest thing ever to grace a page, the next, it's unburnable trash. Good luck getting a sensible conversation out of us if... Continue Reading →

Teen Author Talks Continued

Remember my Teen Author Talks? Course you do, you read every one. Anyway, great news. I'm looking to get them back up and running over the next few weeks, in the slightly different format of an instalment every week, as I mentioned in Taylor Bennet's interview a little while ago. I already had a waiting... Continue Reading →

Teen Author Talks – Joy Chappell

Joy Chappell is an eighteen-year-old self-published author with an interest in writing YA, adventure, sci-fi and dystopian stories. Her debut novel Farryn is already out and a second novel, Hero Up, is on the way. Her experiences editing both led her to want to share what she's learnt with us today.  What's the earlier story you... Continue Reading →

Teen Author Talks – Emma Dennin

Emma is the author of the Contemporary YA novel This Is Why,  featuring an interesting cast of very different teenagers, and is in the process of writing the sequel, This is How. She was eager to share more about how she creates complex characters and their backstories.  How did you start writing? Can you remember your first... Continue Reading →

Teen Author Talks – Olivia J. Bennett

Olivia J. Bennett enjoys creativity in all its forms and turned that passion towards writing the gripping YA adventure book A Cactus In The Valley. Her characters undergo stressful and emotional situations throughout the survival story and she wanted to share some of her advice for writing strong emotions effectively.  What's the first book that made... Continue Reading →

Teen Author Talks – Coby Lee Davis

Today we're hearing from ambitious teen author and entrepreneur Coby Lee Davis who is keen to share her tips for managing a busy life balancing school, writing and microbusiness. She's written and self-published two books, Halfway Through The Darkness and Dead Obsession, with supernatural elements and paranormal romance. If your books were made a film,... Continue Reading →

Teen Author Talks – Millie Florence

The first in this week-long series of interviews with brilliant young authors is fourteen-year-old Millie Florence, whose debut novella Honey Butter blew me away last week. She's kindly given up her time to share with us, among other things, some of her tips for young characters. She writes mostly children's fiction and poetry. Where did the... Continue Reading →

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