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10 of the Best Poems about Stars by guest author Dr Oliver Tearle

This article was first published on the Site Interesting Literature founded and edited by Dr Oliver Tearle, Lecturer in English at Loughborough University and freelance writer. It appeared on 28 July 2017 at https://interestingliterature.com/2017/07/28/10-of-the-best-poems-about-stars/#more-12016. The best starry poems Stars, like flowers and the moon and sunsets, are part of the ‘paint-by-numbers’ poetry toolkit: if you want …

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Structuring A Novel: Chapters by guest author Lynette Davis

This article by Lynette Davis was first published on Writer to Writer on 22 May, 2017 at https://writertowritersite.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/structuring-a-novel-chapters/. When you get an idea for a novel it seems easy to develop it but once you start working on it, it turns into a jungle, a mess. You might find yourself trying to figure out how simple things work or trying …

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How I Write a Novel: The Anaerris Code by guest author L.K.Kelley

My friend, L.K.Kelley, has a new book, The Anaerris Code coming out soon. I can’t wait to read it. This is how she went about writing it. The Anaerris Code – Release Date: February 14, 2017 As has kind of become a tradition with my Publisher, DragonEye Publisher, my initial book will always be released …

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10 ways to break through writer’s block instantly by guest author Maja

This article first appeared in Business in Rhyme published on 26 December 2016 at https://businessinrhyme.com/2016/12/26/10-ways-to-break-through-writers-block-instantly/. Writer’s block: a detrimental feeling that many of us encounter at least once in our writing life when you simply can’t pull yourself together and produce some satisfying work – at least in your own eyes. You feel lack of inspiration, …

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Editing – Mediorce Book -vs-Best-Seller by guest author L.K.Kelley

This article by L K Kelley was published on 19 June 2019 and first appeared in https://whitewolfprophecy.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/editing-mediocre-book-vs-best-seller/. Reading has always been my very favorite thing to do all my life.  But, since e-books have appeared, the book world of books has exploded, and competition is everywhere! Everyone writes today. That’s easy to see based on the …

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Structure by guest author Allison Symes

This article was first published on 24 Novermber 2016 at http://allisonsymes-thisworldandothers.weebly.com/blog—creating-worlds/structure. I used to be frightened of the thought of story structure.  It seemed too formal, too technical etc.  I’ve found it helpful to think of it as the “edit where I check the story makes sense”, which I appreciate is something of a mouthful! But …

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‘Sumer is icumumen in’ by guest author Dr Oliver Tearle

This article, by Dr. Oliver Tearle Lecturer in English at Loughborough University, England was first published on 01.06.2016 on the website Interesting Literature at https://interestingliterature.com/2016/06/01/a-short-analysis-of-sumer-is-icumen-in/. English poetry begins with a stag breaking wind. Or, at least, it does if you pick up The Oxford Book of English Verse, where the short song, ‘Sumer is icumen in’, begins …

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Hooking the Reader by guest author Paula Berinstein

SIX TIPS FOR ENGAGING READERS WITHIN TWO SECONDS: THE HOOK IN FICTION AND MEMOIRS This article first appeared in Kobo Writing Life published on 14 October 2012 at https://kobowritinglife.com/2012/10/14/six-tips-for-engaging-readers-within-two-seconds-the-hook-in-fiction-and-memoir/. The secret to writing great hooks is to infuse them with possibility and add a dash of spice. Here are six tips to help you engage readers in …

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Twitter for Authors by guest authors Julie Hutchings and Kristen Strassel

Twitter for Authors first appeared in Deadly Ever After, the website of Julie Hutchings and Kristen Strassel on 01.May.2016 at https://deadlyeverafter.com/2016/05/01/twitter-for-authors/. I hear authors say it all the time. I have no idea what to do with Twitter. But still, they’re there, because everyone else is. And as a result, they share mostly promo posts. This …

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Swanwick Writers’ Summer School 2015

I am a writer and had heard about Swanwick Writers’ Summer School from fellow writers, two or three years ago. However,  it was only this summer that I finally plucked up the courage to attend. I had heard it was a very inclusive and friendly environment, but I was dubious. I was going to be …

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