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New ebook: 50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make

I’ll keep this one brief: the second in my planned series of Mistakes Writers Make ebooks is released today, and is called 50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make. As I say in the blurb, its aim is to progress the aspiring writing of articles and non-fiction to the next level, expanding on some of the …

Reverse dictionary

I don’t know why I’ve not written about reverse dictionaries before. The subject sprung to mind yesterday evening during the weekly Twitter #writingchat – which turned out to be about gifts for writers. Coincidentally, only a few days ago I collected some fun examples and silly suggestions in my annual Christmas Gifts for Writers post, …

Who’s really taking liberties in Ireland?

The news that an Irish publisher has begun to charge 100 Euro for any unagented submission of a manuscript for potential publication has been met with anger among some writers and writing groups. Writer Susan Tomaselli, editor of Gorse Journal, suggested it was “taking the piss“. A Twitter exchange initiated by Author Oisin McGann revealed …

Experimentlessness (Mistake #103)

Experiment, argues Simon Whaley, in one of his recent posts, in which he called for writers to submit contrasting and distinctive entries when intending to submit more than one to a writing competition. It was such a good idea, I thought the principle – or a version of it – could be applied to pitching …

New ebook: 50 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make

I wouldn’t normally recommend taking around three years to finish a book, but that’s how long my latest appears to have taken me. What can I blame? Absence of editor breathing down my neck? No deadline to meet? Other work demanding daily attention? All of those things. Once I’d got into the swing of this …

The Book’s the Goal (Mistake #80)

Quite a lot of new writers tell me upfront that their ambition is to write and publish a book, and that’s cool. But a sizeable number make it also clear that a/ it’s the be-all-and-end-all of their ambition or b/ that they want it to be a fait accomplit by the end of the year. …

Writers write books (Mistake #70)

Here’s a wise quote from a writer of whom I’d not previously heard, but who contributed a piece for the latest edition of The Author. Her name is Juliet Gardiner. She wrote: “Writers have never sat at home writing books. What they have done – and continue to do – is sit at home writing …

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