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Blog 106: How I Am Using A Bullet Journal To Help Me Write!

You may have heard of and seen a bullet journal by now, but just in case you haven’t…. ‘A bullet journal is a method of personal organization developed by designer Ryder Carroll. The system organizes scheduling, reminders, to-do lists, brainstorming, and other organizational tasks into a single notebook.’ Bullet journals have grown in popularity over […]

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Blog 105: Writing Your First Page.

Whether you’re writing a short story or a full novel, the first page of your book is your most important page. It is your first chance, besides your blurb, to hook your reader’s interest. You have got to make it count and you have to make it flow. In a few short lines you have […]

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Blog 103: Improving Harry Potter?

Let’s go back in time, before The Cursed Child was released and before Fantastic Beasts, back to 2007 when the last Harry Potter book came out. Some Harry Potter fans may even wish we could go back to 2007 and stay there forever. Now before I start, I enjoyed reading the Harry Potter series and […]

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Blog 100: What I Have Learnt So Far…

The Diary Of A Young Writer has officially reached 100 blogs! It feels like a big birthday, and to celebrate, I thought I would share with you what I have learnt so far… I can say with absolute certainty that your first attempt at writing a novel is going to suck. Sorry, but it’s true. […]

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Blog 99: Three Golden Questions.

I read recently about an author who gave advice to a young student on how to write a story. I can’t remember the link, but this particular author said something along the lines of; ‘forget what they teach you at school about writing a story, and instead ask yourself three questions…’ Who is the main […]

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Blog 98: Read To Pass The Time During Lockdown.

A lot of people have been furloughed or have been put on reduced hours due to the coronavirus pandemic. High Streets have closed and many businesses are relying on government pay-outs and online sales. This includes your local, independent bookshops. With more time on our hands and less access to the outside world you may […]

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Blog 97: Keeping A Diary During Lockdown.

Earlier this year I bought a copy of ‘The Terry Pratchett Diary’. It contains quotes from the Discworld novels and tributes from renowned authors such as Neil Gaiman and A.S. Byatt. It also contains 366 empty boxes (leap year included), for you to write a small paragraph, or a line or two about your day. […]

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Blog 95: Is Speculative Fiction The Genre For You?

I love Fantasy it’s my favourite genre to read, but when it comes to writing, I find myself wanting to explore and write in a mixture of different genres. This makes it difficult as an author to choose only one preferred genre. Traditionally speaking, authors write in one main genre. John Green writes Young Adult […]

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Blog 94: The Oxford Comma.

I’m no grammar expert, but once in a while there’s a battle on social media over the Oxford comma. The most recent argument I’ve seen has been over the wording on the new Brexit 50p. The Oxford comma is sometimes referred to as the Serial comma. According to the dictionary, it is a comma used […]

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