How Important Is A Book Review?

A good book review can be the difference between success and failure for an author. I’m guessing we’ve all realised it at some point or another, but you don’t get anywhere without trying. I mean, think about it. It’s rare to be handed stuff on a plate these days. You have to work your ass…

Books Of All Shades – Book Reviews For Authors

Allowing us to do what we love, as well as giving hardworking authors what they need – honest book reviews! Over the last few months, Maria, Jay and myself have been cooking up a little something behind the scenes. Let me paint a picture. The three of us are authors. We love to write. The power of the…

How To Be A NaNoWriMo Winner!

“A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins.” Honestly, where has November gone?! One minute, all us writers were frantically planning those last minute chapters. Then, without warning, NaNoWriMo ended!  This year, I completed NaNoWriMo for the first time, winning with a total of 50,218 words. I am so overwhelmed with how well things went. Despite suffering from…

NaNoWriMo 2018 – The Calm Before The Storm

“There are some things you can only learn in a storm.” So, it’s finally here! There is literally one FULL day until NaNoWriMo begins. Jeez. Starting Thursday, writers across the globe will be taking part in writing a minimum of 50,000 words on their novel in 30 days. I’ve noticed an awful lot of panic…

Life Is Strange 2: Episode One – Game Review

“I don’t think Daniel knows what’s going on. I can’t tell him the truth now.” *SPOILER ALERT* Oh man, get out the tissues. I’m serious! The original Life Is Strange game absolutely blew my mind. I loved everything about it. When it ended, I craved more! Before The Storm was a good enough game, but…

Top Free Online Tools To Improve Your Writing

“There’s always room for improvement.” Whatever you’re interested in, there’s always something that you can improve on or learn in more detail. If there was nothing new to learn, that thing you’re interested in would quickly become boring and would soon turn into something very uninteresting to you. Let’s take writing for example. There are always…

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to NaNoWriMo…From NaNo Newbies!

“The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on.” I’m really excited about this post! The first reason is because I get to share my experience of preparing for NaNoWriMo as a complete newbie. (NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month – it’s the task of writing 50,000 words on a novel throughout the…

Writing Distractions: How To Banish Them For Good!

“Starve your distractions, feed your focus.” If you’re a writer, or have ever written anything in your life, you’ll have more than likely suffered from an intense case of procrastination. It can be the absolute worst. I can be sat working on the most important chapter yet on my novel or typing away on an…

How To Effectively Plan A Chapter

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This week I’ll be explaining the ways in which you should be planning your chapters. It took me a while to get started with this because I had no clue where to begin. I started off just writing a sentence or two describing what each chapter would consist…

Tips And Tools To Organise Your Writing Space

“Being organised is being in control.” Why is it that the more you write about something or talk about it, the more determined you are to make it happen? This is the whole reason why I’m writing this very post. As organised as I like to think I am, I’ve realised that when it comes…