The Pitchapalooza Experience

Sometime during February, I found out about Pitchapalooza. If you're not familiar with this event it's loosely associated with NaNoWriMo and the idea is you send in your 250-word pitch to the Book Doctors, who are professional book advisers. Twenty are randomly selected and critiqued in a live video before the winner is announced. That winner is... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Is She A Strong Female Character?

Everyone wants their MC to be one, but the phrase 'strong female character' means something different to everyone and heck if I know the proper definition. My idea of it is simply a well-developed character that is female and not inherently misogynistic. Well, I say 'simply' but somehow this is something even female writers struggle... Continue Reading →

Teen Author Talks – Taylor Bennett

At only seventeen, Taylor Bennett has achieved what many dream of for a lifetime - a three book contract with a traditional publisher. When looking at such success it's easy to assume that's all there is to it, but the upcoming publication of Porch Swing Girl (available for preorder March 1st) was the result of years of... Continue Reading →

Teen Author Talks – Announcement

No blog post today, I'm afraid, but for good reason! I have exciting news to share with everyone about an upcoming series on this blog. It'll be called, as you have probably guessed from the title, Teen Author Talks and from that you can basically work out everything you need to know. I've found seven brilliant teenaged... Continue Reading →

The Only Essential Writer’s Tools

There's a difference between enjoyable and essential. A few days ago I did a post on my favourite writing tools of 2017and yeah, I love them, but I don't need them. People make a big deal out of things they say they need for writing, like a hot beverage and an intricate outline and a soundscape of... Continue Reading →

My Top Writing Tools Of 2017

I've already said I didn't like 2017 and I haven't changed my mind, but last night I realised despite all the bits I'd rather forget, I still learnt a lot. I joined online writing communities, wrote, edited and self-published my first book and started a blog (the one you're reading right now, surprisingly enough.) I... Continue Reading →

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