Writer & Reader Lingo

It can be difficult to understand all of the lingo for reading and writing communities and platforms. What on Earth is a WIP? What about an MC? What's bookstagram? I know I struggled with it at first. Here are some of the important words and abbreviations you need to know! Abbreviations WIP: Work In Progress... Continue Reading →

5-Star Review: THE MARTIAN

Wow...So I haven't been this blown away by a book a awhile. This is easily my favourite new read of 2019. This book gets all five stars - let's get into it! Blurb: "Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the... Continue Reading →

Best 5 Types of Heros

Last week we talked about our favourite villains, now it's time to get into what makes a great hero! Here are some of my favourite types of heros! Anti-Hero Anti-heros are a special, rebellious kind of hero. Their characters may be sympathetic to us, but can be immoral in their society's point of view. Maybe... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Types of Villains

Hey, everybody! A villain can often be what makes a story enjoyable and memorable, so today I'll be talking about my favourite types of villains! Let's get to it! Betrayal A betrayal by someone close to the hero can create an excellent and hated villain. The fight is personal and we loathe the villain for... Continue Reading →

Do You Need a Prologue?

Hey, everybody! I've been reading a lot of books that use prologues lately. Many writers include unnecessary prologues, or struggle with whether to include one. Here are some questions to consider when debating a prologue! Does it Add to the Plot? This one is probably the most important, so we’re going to talk about it... Continue Reading →

News: I’m Moving!

Hey, everybody! I have news: I’m moving to Ireland for university!  I’m so excited for this new adventure, and I wanted to share it with all of you! I’ll be going to Queens University Belfast for architecture, starting in the fall! I’ve never lived away from home before (I’m only seventeen, for any new readers)... Continue Reading →

Easter-Egg Writing Tag

Hey, everybody! To celebrate Easter, I've decided to do my own Easter-Egg Writing Tag! I'll tag anybody who wants to join in on these character questions! Rules: -link back to this original post -tag some other writers (as many as you like) -let's keep it clean 🙂 Let's get started--have fun! Which Character Believed the... Continue Reading →

How to Pick a Story Idea

So, you've already got loads of ideas, you're super pumped to write...But, which one? Many writers struggle to choose between their ideas, and then end up writing nothing at all! It's important to choose and get writing, so here are three questions to help you out! What's the Most Developed? Take a look at your... Continue Reading →

Beta Testing Your Novel

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I’ve recently finished finished my revisions after beta-testing my novel, Outliers, so I thought it would be a good time to share my process and some tips for beta-testing your own novel. Beta-testing has helped me a great deal with improving my novel, and I’m excited to say that I’m starting with professional editing at the beginning of February! My beta-readers have been wonderful, and hopefully this advice will help you to make the most of your beta-testing, too.

The Basics

Beta-testing is essentially having other people read your book and give you constructive feedback before the professional edit. This should be done when your book is at the best you can make it on your own, not at it’s first draft. You should be at a point where you’re confident in your story, and not embarrassed to share it with others. And by others, that does not mean…

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