Everything from first drafts to acts, characters and editing. 

The last story writing manual you’ll need: Margaret Atwood’s 9 steps to five-star speculative fiction

It’s a genre that requires spunkiness. A mind that thinks outside the box. And still blindly knows its way around the box. How? Today, I want us to learn from a mastermind of speculative story writing, or as she calls it, the “wonder tales – a woman who is adventurous enough to write a novel

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Book Research – My Scotland Travel Vlog

After the first and second draft of “Prometheus Rising”, I became aware that I haven’t been to several places that appear in the story. There is a lot of movement and exploration in the novel, and the main characters cover an extensive route from the Isle of Skye all the way down to Pembrokeshire and

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Travelling as a writer – 4 ways to make the best out of itineraries

Researching for a book – Part II Where to go on the next holiday? This can be a question that is tough to answer. The choices and decisions are overwhelming. Travelling has become its own culture, and your list of amazing Instagram itineraries keeps growing. I’d like to suggest an approach that will not only

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Researching for a book: 4 powerful strategies to take your fiction to the next level

Researching for a book – Part I The blank page is staring at you like hotel room nr. 13 in a horror movie. No ideas. That is what we dread. The blank page is said to be every writer’s worst nightmare. But I found that the root of all evil is indeed the blank mind.

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5 SIMPLE tools and mindsets to skyrocket NaNoWriMo

Do your knees tremble with anticipation? Are your hands shaky because of the challenge ahead? Is self-doubt starting to show its ugly face? Or is the excitement rising as you finish the last preparations? Normal people just call it “November”. But for us writers, it’s NaNoWriMo. Preparation is key for this 50.000 words challenge. But

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10 things I wish I had known before writing my first draft

Are you about to write your first novel? Stop right now and read this first. I wish I had stumbled upon an article as this before writing my very first draft. I wish somebody had told me those 10 things. And especially, I wish I had taken them seriously. Now that I am editing my

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4 setup & payoff techniques that will make your story unforgettable

A red car drives up, the mp3 player is turned on, playing Bellbottoms by THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION. Four characters with dark sunglasses stare at each other. Three dismount and we are left with Baby Driver and his hilarious performance, before being swept away into one of the most extraordinary car chase scenes in

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How to write a bestseller by using the unfair advantage

You want to write a bestseller. Just admit it. Don’t you put your hopes in every book, thinking: This might be it? Don’t you yearn to crack the bestseller-code, discover that one formula that will get your books to the top? There is no formula. If there was, writing a bestseller would be a piece of

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14 lessons from James Patterson’s masterclass

James Patterson’s palms are sweating. It’s the Edgar award ceremony of 1977, the most prestigious awards in the genre. The winner of the ‘best first mystery’ is about to be announced. Patterson knows who is going to win. But up until his name resounds, he cannot believe it. He walks up the stage with hesitant

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3 hacks to write amazing characters (for introverts)

How to love them if you hate people Writing characters can be a challenge for introverts. But: the thing you love most (writing) can help you overcome the fear and unease when it comes to people. Especially strangers. This post will tear you out of your comfort zone. But it will also help you love

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