Three Weird Writing Habits You May Have Picked Up Without Even Realising It

Among the arts, writing is fairly unique in that the great majority of people can participate in it without any special training. Not accounting for natural talent, the best that most of us can do is draw something vaguely cat-shaped and butcher an Oasis song on karaoke night. On the other hand, writing is something […]

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Why It Pays to Make Sure Before Sending Your Knowledge Out Into the Universe

Let’s say you’re writing a story that’s set in your hometown. Your family has lived there for generations, and your tiny, myopic grandfather has told you at length about every tale the sleepy little town has to tell. You know the exact date it was first settled, who the key players were, and every juicy

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Why You Need to Avoid Comparing Your Writing to Your Favourite Authors’

In a previous post, I referred to a phenomenon known as ‘the gap’. To summarise, ‘the gap’ is the pit in your stomach you feel when you measure your ability as a journeyman writer against writers who inspire you. The difference in skill can be discouraging, but it also serves as proof that persistence pays

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How to Make Your Readers Laugh, Cry, Rejoice, Despair, and Everything In Between

Much more than the finer points of the story, or even the characters themselves, the thing readers remember most about a book is how it made them feel. It’s the thing that consistently brings them back to reread it every few years, and what motivates them to stalk the author until they release a new

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Use These Three Simple Steps to Master Repetition as a Device in Writing

In last week’s issue of Writer’s Connect (Issue 77), we took a look at the art of making a smarmy antagonist eat their own words at a pivotal moment. Aside from the sheer satisfaction of an unlikeable character getting what’s coming to them, there’s another element at play here that really makes the moment shine.

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