Category Archives: Writing tips

Sponsoring the next great children’s author?

By Roz DeKett Authors who write for children have such a special place in my heart. I still have a few books from my childhood in the 1960s. As Stig Abell reveals in this tweet, the stories you loved as … Continue reading

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How to avoid rejection (some of the time)

By Roz DeKett Note that I haven’t titled this ‘How to have your stories accepted’ – if only I had that formula. However, in the past couple of years (between working on a novel) I’ve written three short stories and … Continue reading

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How to keep readers reading: Kurt Vonnegut

Here’s another great set of writing tips, this time from the incomparable Kurt Vonnegut. Even if you’ve come across these before, they’re worth the read as a refresher. And it has a link at the end to the great video … Continue reading

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For writers: great tips on submitting

Here’s a link to good piece from an editor on what editors are looking for and why they handle submissions the way they do. I hope you find it useful. Ten Things I Look For When Selecting Submissions: Kara Cochran … Continue reading

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Every novel feels like the first: Hazel Gaynor on writing

Guest post by Hazel Gaynor On writing … and writing, and writing, and writing On April 1st, 2014, my debut novel. The Girl Who Came Home was published. I remember the day so clearly: the sense of excitement, the disbelief … Continue reading

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Writing is about revision: the wisdom of Hallie Ephron

By Roz DeKett The battle with the draft seems never-ending. There’s nothing quite like taking a preliminary 70,000 words, pulling it apart and throwing out what doesn’t work, and realizing you only have 16,000 words  you can live with. For … Continue reading

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Query letters to literary agents: Don’t be weird

By Roz DeKett Literary agent Janet Reid runs the Query Shark web site. There are some of my notes from her talk at the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. I’ve posted about the right way to query literary … Continue reading

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