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The Venice that inspired CITY OF MASKS

Author SD Sykes introduces the Venice that has inspired her latest novel, City of Masks. The approach from the sea.  My first visit to Venice was in 1982, and we had crossed the modern road […]

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‘You won’t always find the answers on the page’

 Understanding the different types of Writer’s Block  from Get Started In Writing a Novel by Stephen May, Nigel Watts And Jodie Daber   Technical and non-technical writer’s block When Nigel Watts wrote the first edition […]

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‘Ten things to do if you are stuck’

  Simply ask yourself, ‘What happens next’? from Write a Novel in 10 Minutes a Day by Katherine Grubb   Ten things to do if you are stuck  Just simply ask yourself, ‘What happens next?’ […]

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‘Disconnect from the internet’

The most interesting conversations between an agent and an author are about the writing process. Or even better, the pre-writing process: that moment when a client asks you “What should I write next? I’m lost!” […]

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‘How to address a writing problem you can’t solve’

  Addressing a lack of motivation  from Your Writing Coach by Jurgen Wolff   Sometimes your lack of motivation doesn’t have anything to do with your mental or physical state, it comes from feeling frustrated […]

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‘Some of my most productive writing venues include planes, trains and airports’

  How do you beat writer’s block? By being on the move. Ideas often come to me when I am travelling (and when I’m scuba diving, hiking or practising ballroom dancing). The final series of […]

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‘There’s no such thing as writer’s block’

  I used to be a big believer in writer’s block and then I attended a screenwriting course by a big name screen writer where he said, ‘There’s no such thing as writer’s block there’s […]

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How Do I Outsmart Writer’s Block?

Take a piece of paper and a pen – or a felt tip and a whiteboard – and take a potent word from your last piece of writing. Write it in the middle of the […]

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‘Talking things through with a trusted friend or family member can be just what you need to revive your passion for a project’

  An editor’s job is about so much more than just editing. If one of my authors is suffering from writers’ block, I am the soundboard, the person with whom ideas can be discussed and […]

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‘Don’t listen to blowhards who boast about the vast number of words they manage to spew out’

At the end each writing day I am usually between five hundred and a thousand words ahead. I have no idea how many words I delete. Writers write and it is obviously important to put […]

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How Do I Outsmart Writer’s Block?

Use clustering to explore new avenues in your writing Snapshot: clustering Take a piece of paper and a pen – or a felt pen plus a huge wall or whiteboard can be great fun. Write […]

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T20 is a Batsman’s Game!

This week the weather had a major impact on the NatWest t20 Blast, with 14 matches in the season to date failing to produce a result. Despite being the victim of four No Results, Glamorgan […]

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