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Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
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Writing Resources - your cover designer and you
People tend to think of cover design as something that happens after the book is finished; perhaps contemporaneously with edits and revisions, but certainly after the draft is complete. And yes, that's usually so. But it doesn't always have to be. Perhaps t...

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The Value of Reading
I often see arguments in certain writers' groups about the value of reading to a writer. Not all groups, of course, but one sees this cropping up again and again in the less selective groups. Not only do people disagree about this, but I've seen the argumen...

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The Value of Community - no writer is an island
We're accustomed to think of writing as a solitary occupation, and so, of course, it is. No one is going to write your words for you, or even tell you what to write. You're up the pointy end every moment. And yet, membership of a community can have a massiv...

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Beating the Blues - When Productivity Fails
We've all been there at some stage. Sitting at the computer, staring at a blank screen. Yesterday you were running in full spate, rainbow threads being drawn from the aether into your brain and running out from your fingertips to weave themselves into a bri...

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Setting Up As A Writer
Few writers can really pinpoint the time at which they started writing. For many of us it's been a low-level part of our lives for years. But in every writer's life, there comes a sort of naissance, a time when we either realise that we have begun to take o...

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When Everything You Write Is Crap
It happens to us all. Sooner or later, you've been working away on your novel, or whatever, and you dry up. You find yourself sitting at your desk, staring at the last sentence you wrote, half an hour ago. An hour ago. An hour and a half.... Realising you'v...

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On Pandering to Snowflakes
Noodling about on Facebook today, looking for something to write about, I came across someone else's blog:  THIS ONE . In moving terms, the blogger writes about having hurt people with her writing and become afraid to continue with it. My initial reaction w...

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Ask Tabitha... A Novice Writer's Cry for Help
I was having some trouble thinking of a topic for today's blog, so I asked for suggestions in one of the writers' groups I frequent. Within a short time I received a cry for help from this young woman who is embarking on her writing career. With her permiss...

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Productivity - A Cautionary Tale
An ordinary morning, on an ordinary working day. I am seated at my desk, waiting for that vital first cup of coffee to activate my brain enough that I will be able to get dressed and take my dog out.  This is Emily. Isn't she divine? I check Facebook. Spam,...

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Subject Matter Experts - a present help in time of ignorance
I've spoken before about the value of personal experience in writing. In Write What You Know - What it Really Means (27 February, 2017) I talked about this, and how there is no substitute for it for writing grainy, realistic fiction. Personal experience is ...
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