Category Archives: Writing

Is Crowdfunded Publishing the Way to Go?

Modern writers live in interesting times – and we don’t mean that in the Chinese curse kind of way. The internet is turning the publishing industry on its head, giving writers more choice and more control over their careers. For example, writers can now publish and market their books electronically, completely bypassing publishing houses if […]

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Should You Try Collaborative Writing?

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Stephen King and Peter Straub. What do the pairings have in common? Collaboration. Pratchett and Gaiman joined forces to write Good Omens. King and Straub joined forces to write The Talisman and its sequel Black House. All three of the books were bestsellers and were, by and large, critically well-received. […]

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How to Create a Practical Writing Environment

Let’s be honest, the definition of a good writing environment differs according to the writer. Some people, like J.K. Rowling (apparently), can knock off a best-seller in a coffee shop. Others need more peace and quiet. There are certain elements, however, that are conducive to writing no matter what your preference. We’re going to take […]

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André Brink Interview – With Video

“There was a sense of exhilaration, a sense of adventure, a sense of enjoyment in everything that we did” – on his time in the Sestigers André Brink is one of the greatest South African writers of his generation. A key figure of the Sestigers, he helped revolutionise Afrikaans literature, but he is also equally […]

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Could You Be a Ghostwriter?

Every writer’s goal is to be published. It’s hard to beat the rush of emotion that comes with seeing your name on the cover of a book, or in the byline of an article. It makes all the months of hard work worth it. But what if someone else’s name was on the cover? Would […]

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How to Deal with Rejection Letters

The world of writing has a dark side that no one likes to talk about. It’s vicious and twisted and can do untold damage to sensitive (and even not so sensitive) souls. What’s worse is that there is no escaping it. If you want to be a professional writer you will have to overcome the […]

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14 Tips to Improve Your Writing

Do you want to write that award-winning novel, superb short story or poignant poem? Well, you can do just that with the help of these writing tips. 1. Write first, edit second Avoid the temptation to edit while you write as this will ruin your flow and stifle your creativity. You want your ideas to flow […]

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Tips for Effective Editing

  The importance of editing cannot be stressed enough. Judicious editing can turn a bad piece of writing into a passable piece of writing, and an average piece of writing into a good piece of writing. It’s best to get someone else to edit your work as they will be more objective, but for those […]

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The Art of the Interview

  It goes without saying that interviews are a cornerstone of journalism. The quotes you get from an interview will either bring your piece to life or cause readers to get bored. It’s all very good and well to be able to write brilliantly, but if you don’t know how to conduct an interview properly […]

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The Trick to Writing Interesting Dialogue

Creative writing is very tricky; a lot of techniques are needed to make stories exciting. The writer has to use these techniques to keep the reader hooked from beginning to end. One of the many creative writing techniques that writers can use is dialogue. Dialogue is an important part of writing fiction, but it can […]

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