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Young Adult, my new writing direction.

August 1, 2016 hollie8985 What's happening in my lifeWriting Adventures

I’ve known for a while, something was, not right with my manuscript. I had edited and read, reread, I’d added and changed the atmosphere as well as descriptions and inner thoughts of the characters. It didn’t matter what I did, I couldn’t get that sparkle, my characters just felt wrong. So, I walked away for a […]

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Character Jigsaw Pieces

April 11, 2016 hollie8985 Writing A JigsawWriting Adventures

I have been sick for the last month or so, my concentration lasting no more than about 10 minutes here and there and not helped by the concoction of medications my doctor likes to give me. It has given me the time to sit back and think about my manuscript in small sections, what is […]

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Can killing your darlings improve your book?

February 6, 2016 hollie8985 Writing Adventures

I’ve heard this phrase for years and always, wrongly, presumed it referred to characters. Any part of our books we’re attached to are our darlings, a cleverly worded comment, a magical paragraph or even a full scene. In the last few days, I’ve been looking at all the unpublished contests being run by various RWA […]

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During the sometimes hectic holidays do you find it hard to find writing time?

December 19, 2015 hollie8985 Round RobinWhat's happening in my life

Sorry, I am late with this post, it should have gone up first thing this morning, it’s lunchtime and I’m only just writing it. I think that answers the question really. I usually try and be organised, have everything planned and ready for the start of December. But then I see this in a sale […]

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Writing Tips

December 7, 2015 hollie8985 Writing Adventures

Any author will tell you the secret to a good book is to keep the reader engaged. Which simply means, you don’t bore them. It doesn’t matter if that’s with facts, backstory, info dumping or repetitive words, too much or too little and the reader may lose interest. A story has to be fresh and […]

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Writing Tools

September 25, 2015 hollie8985 Writing Adventures

Writing tools for many are simply a spell checker and thesaurus. They can extend far beyond that, your beta readers and of course, your editors. But, what can we do as authors, and not just new ones like me, to improve our own toolboxes? The uncomplicated answer is to look to those who have more […]

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Writing a Jigsaw

September 2, 2015 hollie8985 Writing Adventures

I’ve always thought of the different parts of a story as puzzle pieces. Depending on how you put them together, where you move them, how you interact with them, changes what your puzzle looks like. Before I started writing, I knew some of the key pieces to writing a good romance. I know too much […]

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