5 Things I’ve Learned as an Acquisitions Editor, by Clare Dugmore
5 Things I’ve Learned as an Acquisitions Editor, by Vicki Keire I actually never wanted to be a writer when I was growing up. I loved stories, and could never get enough of books. I used to sneak out of bed at night and read by the night light in my hall. To this day, […]
Five Ways to Nurture Your Creativity, by Clare Dugmore
Five Ways to Nurture Your Creativity, by Vicki Kiere We’ve all been there, sitting in front of our computers, staring at a blinking cursor, hoping that this time we can push past the anxiety and uncertainty and just manage to put down some words on a page. Creativity can be a fickle beast, and even […]
Q is for Querying – What The Hell Is A Query?, by Clare Dugmore
What’s the Next Step?   So you’ve just finished your first novel. You are full of sunshine and rainbows. Nothing feels better than typing “The End” and knowing you’ve accomplished something with your life. You’ve written A WHOLE NOVEL, created people and places and things with your brain and your brain alone. You open Google […]
I is for I – As in Self: Writing in First-Person, by Clare Dugmore
A first-person narrative is a story from the first-person perspective: the viewpoint of a character writing or speaking directly about themselves. The narrators of written works explicitly refer to themselves using variations of “I” (the first-person singular pronoun) and/or “we” (the first-person plural pronoun), typically as well as other characters. This allows the reader or […]
G is for Gender Bending for Authors, by Clare Dugmore
I have often pondered why I prefer writing from the male POV. That has to be weird, right? As a woman, shouldn’t I feel more comfortable speaking as a woman? Shouldn’t I be more versed in what women think and feel? Although quite girly in real life, for some reason in fiction, I’m a tomboy. […]
Writing Advice: Filtering, by Matthew Cox, by Clare Dugmore
Filtering ― or, how to keep your reader at arm’s length by Matthew Cox I’ve been doing a fair amount of proofreading / light editing and have found myself talking about filtering a lot as of late. Readers may not notice filtering in the same sense it jumps out to a writer/editor, however, they will […]
E is for Editing, by Clare Dugmore
So you’ve written your masterpiece. But you know that’s not the end of it. You’ve heard lots of talk about crit partners, beta readers, and the importance of editing. There’s so much advice about editing, in fact, that it can be hard to know where to start. While there is no one magic bullet to […]
Writing: Dialogue Mechanics,  by Matthew Cox, by Clare Dugmore
Writing: Dialogue Mechanics, by Matthew Cox Dialogue Attribution Characters in fiction writing often speak―let’s face it, a story would feel strange if the characters never said a word to one another. However, just throwing dialogue down on a page soon becomes a chaotic mess. Authors have a number of techniques at their disposal to control […]
Five Tips for a Successful NaNoWriMo, by Clare Dugmore
Fall is my favourite time of year. Halloween, a change in temperate (and excuse to wear knitwear), the build-up to Christmas, preparing for the CQ anthology, and of course National Novel Writing Month. I’ve taken part in and ‘won’ NaNoWriMo twice, and the summer-time Camp NaNo once. I’d love to do it again this year, […]
Making Characters Real: Write What You Know, by Clare Dugmore
One of the most common pieces of writing advice is “write what you know,” and I’ve been thinking about this a lot in relation to authors writing outside of their race, gender, sexual identity etc. If the aim is to make characters real and believable, by writing what you know, how did successful authors like […]