Everything from first drafts to acts, characters and editing. 

My interview with Andy Weir

             How far would you go for a novel? Andy Weir wrote a computer program. Not one that would write the novel for him, mind you. This would spoil all the fun. But one that calculated the flight routes on Mars so that his story would be as close to reality as possible. His story of

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Storytelling – the ultimate guide

      This is the most comprehensive guide on storytelling you’ll ever read. It covers everything, from the basics to the scientific power of storytelling, to the core elements of story and advanced tools to master storytelling, plus a neat bonus for marketers. Everything you need to know to write a compelling story is in this guide. If you’ve ever

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

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

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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

Travelling as a writer – 4 ways to make the best out of itinerariesResearching for a book – Part IIWhere 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

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

Researching for a book: 4 powerful strategies to take your fiction to the next levelResearching for a book – Part IThe 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

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5 SIMPLE tools and mindsets to skyrocket NaNoWriMo

5 SIMPLE tools and mindsets to skyrocket NaNoWriMoDo 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

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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 like this before I started 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 first

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4 setup & payoff techniques that will make your story unforgettable

4 setup & payoff techniques that will make your story unforgettableA 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

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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? I will let you down. There is no formula. If there was, everybody would write one. But wait! Don’t click

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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 steps, and as he

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3 hacks to write amazing characters (for introverts)

3 hacks to write amazing characters (for introverts)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 both real and

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