• CRITICISM IS GOOD FOR YOU

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    CRITIQUE & REVIEWSHey writer, do you know that criticism can be good for you? It’s actually true, and today I’m here to tell you why. “The trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale – In this…

  • DID YOU SAY IMPOSTOR SYNDROME?

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    WRITERS WEDNESDAY: For someone who struggles with impostor syndrome, evidence to the contrary doesn’t matter. They may be a renowned author, selling millions of books, or winning literary prizes and still feel like they don’t deserve any of it. They may find themselves amassing...

  • THE WIDER CURRENCY OF CRITICISM

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    CRITIQUE & REVIEWS Hey writer, do you know that successful people tend to look at the wider currency of criticism? Instead of taking each review – whether positive or negative – too much to heart, they see it for what it is: Useful feedback to extract data from. And no, that…

  • NEW ADULT FICTION

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    READER’S WIKI: NA, or New Adult fiction, is a category of fiction with an MC who’s between 18 and 30. It’s the older sibling of YA and tends to focus on more adult themes. Some examples of famous NA authors are Colleen Hoover, Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo.…

  • YOUNG ADULT FICTION

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    READER'S WIKI: YA, or Young Adult fiction, is a category of fiction written for adolescent readers, but it’s often widely read by adults too. Some examples of famous YA works are Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and the Twilight Saga. As a genre, Young Adult’s been around so long

  • CRITIQUE MAKES YOU STRONGER

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    CRITIQUE & REVIEWS Hey writer, do you believe that critique makes you stronger? Most of us could share quite a few stories about the criticism we’ve received in our days and the mark it left on our psyche. We all know it can leave us feeling weak, misunderstood, and vulnerable,…

  • DO YOU KNOW WHY IT HURTS?

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    CRITIQUE & REVIEWS Do you know why it hurts? Criticism stings, and it can sting even more for writers as it relates to something we made. Something that may be deeply personal, or that we feel very protective of. But then again, as Aristotle taught us: “Criticism is something you…

  • NOT ALL FEEDBACK IS VALID

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    CRITIQUE & REVIEWS Not all feedback is valid. I can’t stress this enough, so I’ll say it again: Not all feedback is valid!  As I’ve mentioned before, people can’t help themselves. They just love to dish out criticism for all sorts of reasons, whether they know what they’re talking about…

  • WE ALL GET BAD REVIEWS

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    CRITIQUE & REVIEWS No love, you’re not alone - we all get bad reviews. Every single storyteller, every single creator, gets bad reviews. Granted, some get more than others, but generally speaking, we all get our confidences knocked down a peg or two every now and then. But it doesn’t…

  • JUST DON’T BE A DICK

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    CRITIQUE & REVIEWS Once upon a time I used to love reading the reviews in The Sunday Times. It was my most precious indulgence as a poor single mum living in the north of Sweden. I’d pick up the thick envelope from my newsagents on Wednesdays and put it aside…

  • A BOOK OF MY LIFE?

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    DAILY WRITING PROMPTS 11 IT’S MY LIFE and, provided it was penned by a decent author, it would probably make for a rather fascinating read. Now, obviously, I don’t know what my future holds, but even if I were to die tomorrow there’s been enough drama, horror, action, romance, fantasy…

  • I WANT IT RAW AND KINKY

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    DAILY WRITING PROMPTS 10 ICE CREAM FLAVOURS… Funnily enough, when it comes to ice cream I am very much a vanilla kinda girl. And the funny part of that whole equation is that I am so not vanilla and most certainly not a girl. Now, don’t get me wrong. Ice…

  • MY GREATEST FEAR

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    DAILY WRITING PROMPTS 9 MY GREATEST fear… Now, isn’t that an interesting question to be faced with right now? If I were to be locked into a room with my greatest fear there are only two possible scenarios: 1) The room is full of snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlies.…

  • A TEACHER I REMEMBER

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    DAILY WRITING PROMPTS 8 THE TEACHER that had the most impact on my life? Hmm… I feel like I need to preface my answer to that question by saying I’ve had quite a few really good teachers in my life. Some of them were my teachers, some of them were…

  • HAVE YOU EVER FELT HELPLESS?

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    DAILY WRITING PROMPTS 7 I’VE FELT pretty helpless ever since this blasted pandemic started. It has put my whole life on hold and cut me off from my family and friends. I realised quickly that I would need strategies in place to stop me from falling into the big, black…

  • THE MOST WE’VE BEEN APART

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    DAILY WRITING PROMPTS 6 JONAH, YOU are my favourite person in the whole wide world! I can’t believe it’s been two years since we last cuddled up and told each other secrets. Or played games and laughed at how bad I was at playing LEGO The Hobbit.  When you left to…

  • THE OPENING SENTENCE

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    DAILY WRITING PROMPTS 6 DEATH ARRIVED by brewery truck/lorry (döden kom med ölbil). That’s the opening sentence in The Democratic Terrorist (Den demokratiske terroristen), Swedish author Jan Guillou’s second book in the series about secret agent Carl Hamilton. Code name Coq Rogue. It was adapted into a film in 1993, with…

  • PAIN IS TEMPORARY

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    DAILY WRITING PROMPTS 4 MY FAVOURITE quote, that has become my motto in life, is: “Pain is temporary – losing is forever.” Pretty sure it’s from a ghastly film with snakes on a plane, but that’s not why it resonates with me. Living with chronic pain, I came so close…

  • #11 ON MY BUCKET LIST

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    DAILY WRITING PROMPTS 3 THE 11th ITEM on my bucket list is actually something fitting for this blog. I want to get a rejection letter from a known publisher. Just one. I don’t have it in me to do the whole query trenches thing where you send your manuscripts out…

  • NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

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    DAILY WRITING PROMPTS 2 THE ANSWER IS YES.  New Year’s Resolutions are my thing. I’ve been writing mine in the (very) early morning hours on the first day of the year for as long as I can remember. And with one exception, I have kept them all. There have been…