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Does Every Story Need a Happy Ending? — A Writer’s Path

by Allison Maruska Every story needs certain elements to be a story. We’ve talked about characters, settings, and problems. If we’re following the mnemonic below, that leaves us with solutions to talk about. Cows = Characters See = Setting Pretty … Continue reading

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When Writing Fiction Based on Real Life – Should you Change Character Names?

When I started my writing journey, I used the real names of the characters. It wasn’t because I was being lazy, it was because I was writing about  my ancestors and I wanted to ‘connect’ with them and know who … Continue reading

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Evolving world of book reviews

Originally posted on A Writer of History:
Although traditional media remain a source for book reviews, social media and online sites play an ever-increasing role in how readers choose and discuss books. What can be said about the evolving world of…

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Another Reason To Self-Publish?

I came across a blog that was talking about diversity in the publishing world. Apparently a couple of years ago there were calls from readers for more diversity in books. It seems it was quite a big thing on social media, … Continue reading

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Why is it so Hard?

As those of you who follow this blog will know, I started writing my book nearly six years ago. Admittedly it grew and is now a trilogy, but I’ve had my first draft written for almost a year and still … Continue reading

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Write What You Know?

I’ve often come across the phrase Write What You Know. I think it’s meant to help, but while it may make life easier I don’t actually believe it’s necessary. I’m glad I hadn’t heard the advice before I started writing otherwise it would … Continue reading

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Thoughts about editing

The decision to publish my book has brought with it the realisation that it will need editing. The problem is, now I’ve read up about it, it doesn’t seem as straightforward as I thought. Working with an editor wasn’t something … Continue reading

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6 Helpful Websites for Writing a Book

Is there a right or wrong way to write a book? When I started writing I had no idea of what it entailed. I had never attended any courses, never read any blogs on the subject, I had no idea … Continue reading

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Self-Publishing – A Beginner’s Guide

Once I’d made the decision to publish my book, the most immediate question was whether to go down the traditional publishing route or to self-publish. With the caveat that I am very new to this, I’m struggling to see the … Continue reading

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New Look

Maybe it’s due to the start of a new year, but I’ve two very exciting pieces of news this month. The first is that I have now finished the first draft of my book (:D), and the second, which you … Continue reading

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