7 Key Elements To Include In Your First Chapter – Writer’s Edit

The importance of your novel’s first chapter cannot be underestimated. It’s the chapter that introduces your book to the world – the chapter that needs to draw in agents and publishers and readers alike. (No pressure or anything!) Unfortunately, there’s no predetermined formula for a perfect first chapter. Every story is different, and so isContinue reading “7 Key Elements To Include In Your First Chapter – Writer’s Edit”

9 Simple Ways To Sharpen Your Manuscript – Writer’s Edit

When you’ve finally finished your manuscript after thousands of hours of work, the last thing you want to hear is that there’s more work to be done. But unfortunately, that’s the simple truth of the matter. Finalising your draft is an enormous achievement, but now’s not the time to rest on your laurels! There’s still aContinue reading “9 Simple Ways To Sharpen Your Manuscript – Writer’s Edit”

7 Common Mistakes To Avoid In Your First Chapter – Writer’s Edit

Recently, we delved into what makes a great opener for a novel, covering the key elements to include in your first chapter. But just as there are important elements you should aim to include, there are also elements you should strive to avoid. As we discussed previously, your first chapter has the power to make or break yourContinue reading “7 Common Mistakes To Avoid In Your First Chapter – Writer’s Edit”

6 Quick Tips For Writing Gripping Scenes – Writer’s Edit

Scenes drive your story forward; without them, there would be no novel. Your scenes need to keep your reader on the edge of their seat with your plot and characters because otherwise, they won’t keep reading. Looking at your novel on a scene-by-scene basis is a critical step in the writing and editing process. Here’s a list of six things youContinue reading “6 Quick Tips For Writing Gripping Scenes – Writer’s Edit”

4 Signs It’s Time To Quit A Writing Project – Writer’s Edit

There is a romantic myth that surrounds writers. This myth is rife with infatuation, possessiveness and protectiveness: a writer is supposed to be obsessed with their work. Utterly absorbed. If their creative process stalls, or in some instances flatlines, the writer should just work harder. More rewrites, more experimentation. They should even put the draft away toContinue reading “4 Signs It’s Time To Quit A Writing Project – Writer’s Edit”

5 Everyday Book Marketing Tips For Authors – Writer’s Edit

As I often tell authors, the good news about book promotion is the same as the bad news: There’s always something more you can be doing for your book. This means that, on one hand, you always have the opportunity to reach new readers, no matter how long your book has been out in theContinue reading “5 Everyday Book Marketing Tips For Authors – Writer’s Edit”

6 Questions To Help You Avoid Predatory Publishers – Writer’s Edit

For many writers, publication can seem like the ultimate prize. Many anticipate the wondrous moment when a publisher will finally say “yes” – launching their careers and justifying years of hard labour. But the publishing industry, like all industries, does have a few predators, which budding writers would do best to avoid. These “publishers” mayContinue reading “6 Questions To Help You Avoid Predatory Publishers – Writer’s Edit”

Crap someone should have told you writers by now – Rebecca T Dickson

Sometimes, you don’t need preamble. Sometimes, you need someone to give it to you straight. Hi. *waves* This is for every writer on this whacked out planet. • Your early work will suck. • Your later work, in its early drafts, will still suck. • No one cares about your writing unless you’re at (orContinue reading “Crap someone should have told you writers by now – Rebecca T Dickson”