5 ways to finish that first draft

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series How to Win at Authoring

Already, during this course, we’ve come so far together. We’ve grown to know each other well. Better than well. Intimately. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I think of you as more of a lover than a mere student. Together we have completed the first three stages of any writing project. 1. Read more about 5 ways to finish that first draft[…]

10 stages every novel plan needs

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series How to Win at Authoring

You’re starting to see it now. Following the first lesson in this course, you developed a kick arse idea that was going to change the world. After lesson two, you created a host of awesome characters (plus an insufferable hero). Armed with these, you dived into your plan, ready to craft something brilliant and unique. Read more about 10 stages every novel plan needs[…]

5 characters every story needs

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series How to Win at Authoring

So you followed the first part of this course on ideas and the seeds of your next great story are beginning to grow. That’s great, so long as it doesn’t turn out better than mine. Now you have the germs of your story, you’ve progressed to the next logical step, creating characters. That’s not just Read more about 5 characters every story needs[…]

Should I plan my novel?

The question asked and answered a billion times. Everyone has thrown in their three pence on this, telling you what to do. You don’t need any more advice. Luckily, that’s not what I’m about. I don’t care about you; I’m here to talk about me. The Then:  Thrill of the Plan In my two decades Read more about Should I plan my novel?[…]

3 steps to making a success of writers groups

Having been banned from at least three writers groups, I know a lot about their value. Today I would like to discuss how you can use (/ exploit) them to further your career. But you’re thinking: “Mark, why would I join a writers group? Writing is a solitary art and, if the rest of the Read more about 3 steps to making a success of writers groups[…]