Category Archives: The Craft of Writing

Top Ten Tips and Tools to Help You Complete NaNoWriMo (or any writing project)


By Chris Mandeville You’re down to the wire. The deadline for NaNoWriMo (or another writing project) looms on the horizon. But you’re behind. You’re afraid you’re not going to make it. You simply don’t have enough time to write the requisite number of words at your typical writing pace. Or the words just won’t come. Or both. What’s a writer

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Team KoBoWriMo: Week Three


10 days to go! This week we wanted to know, what have our WriMos been working on, anyways? Mark –28,023. “It’s a horror novel about an old abandoned hippie commune, inspired by a visit to an actual abandoned community that I discovered this past summer not far from Kelowna, BC. After researching that commune, I created a completely fictional commune

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How to Publish an E-Book: Resources for Authors


Publishing expert Jane Friedman recently posted an amazing list of resources for authors on her blog, and we found it so helpful we wanted to share an excerpt here. Many thanks to Jane for her permission to do so! Find the full list at Excellent Book-Length Guides Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant How to

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Birth of a Novel


  By Sally Jenkins Two things happened in October 2013 which made that year’s NaNoWriMo particularly productive. I went on a weekend writing course, ‘How to Write the Mystery Novel’, and I discovered a free-to-enter novel competition where the only requirement was that the hero of the story be called ‘Ian’. By the end of that weekend course I had

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