6 Editing Hacks for Busy Writers

Let's face it: editing, generally speaking, is not the fun part of the writing process. Trawling through pages and pages of your work looking for errors and areas in need of improvement requires a lot of effort, and can be both time-consuming and tiring. Yet, it is a vital part of the writing process. Reworking … Continue reading 6 Editing Hacks for Busy Writers

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The 7 Basic Story Plots

One of my favourite lessons when studying Creative Writing at university was on the several different basic plots of a story, originally identified in Christopher Booker's 'The Seven Basic Plots' (2004). 1 Overcoming the Monster In this plot, the protagonist (hero/main character) faces - and defeats - a strong, overwhelming enemy. The antagonist, or antagonistic force, threatens the … Continue reading The 7 Basic Story Plots

The Mysterious Apples by Diana C Vickery

The Mysterious Apples by Diana C Vickery (illustrated by Danny Deeptown, published by Swankypants Books) is a follow-up book to A Little Owl Called Hooty. Written for children, these books follow the individual adventures of a small group of animals as they undertake mini adventures, discovering traits or facets about themselves or facing perplexing puzzles. As small, bag-sized … Continue reading The Mysterious Apples by Diana C Vickery

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'T' is for 'Time' Blog Editorial Calendar One of the (many) changes I've made with my writing and blogging routine this year is the introduction of editorial calendars. Previously I've had lots of lists and ideas in my head, plans, and dates they should all be completed by, or random jottings and scribbles on notepads or pieces of … Continue reading Manage Your Blog Posts with a Free Editorial Calendar Download