Of all the almost 300 posts I've written on here over the past four and a half years, those about writing have had some of the most views, which tells me that there are a lot of writers out there, particular those new at the game, who are eager to read anything they can get their hands on by those who've been at it a while!
I had the idea to put the links all in one place and add some articles by others, and I'll keep adding to it as I see others and write more myself (nb, I don't give 'how to write' advice as such because a) I am not qualified to do so, and b) if you can't write already you won't learn how to do so from blog posts). Some of the advice in my own posts may be duplicated, as the posts have been written over a period of several years, and some stuff a) occurs to me over and over again and b) can't be said too often ~ but I hope this won't be too tiresome.
Here they all are, then ~ I've included reviews of a few books I think are worth getting, too. Click the name of the post/title of the book to read it.
Let's start at the beginning ~ I wrote some Dos and Don'ts for First Time Novelists, and also, on my review blog, my thoughts on Back To Creative Writing School by Bridget Whelan, which I thought a very good choice for absolute beginners.
I've just seen this very good post called What to do if you have just decided to write a book, a guest post by a lady called Lucy Adams on the blog of writer Nicholas Rossis
Bearing in mind the first piece of advice in the Dos and Don'ts article, I wrote two pieces entitled What Reading has taught me about Writing; there is a link to the first one on the second.
If you're finding it hard to get that first novel finished, you might like to read THIS POST.
No novel should be self-published or sent to a publisher without a professional proofread. Read ALL you need to know about the hows and the whys from top UK proofreader Julia Gibbs, HERE.
....and once it's finished, you'll want to decide whether you want to self-publish, submit to an independent publisher, or aim for the dizzy heights of the agent/traditional publisher route. I've written a much read and commented on piece about why Self-publishing is a creative choice, not a last resort.
And here's How to self-publish an ebook by writer/editor Alison Williams. She's also written a brilliant piece about the few writers published by small independents who look down on the self-published and think they are 'better' than them, simply because they can now mention 'my publisher' in conversations, and talk about deadlines: Self-Publishing and the Snobbery Issue.
Here are some more words of wisdom from Alison, about vanity publishers:
It's a Jungle out there
Watch out for this one: The grammatical error that even the most intelligent people make...
Turning your back on the so-called 'rules' ~ my post about this is HERE
If you've decided to self-publish, you might like to read this post about the dreaded (and very difficult to get right) Book Blurbs
I review a lot of books for a book blog (submissions from authors), and come across the same debut novelist slip-ups over and over again. THIS POST outlines them.
Worried about reviews? Here's mine for Rayne Hall's Getting Book Reviews
.... and here's how NOT to get reviewed by a book blogger, on Rosie Amber!
Now, the nasty stuff. We all get them sometimes. Here's How to deal with Bad Reviews.
...and here's another post by Alison Williams, about why not every 1 or 2* comes from a 'troll' ~ Why You Shouldn't Ignore Bad Reviews
So much has been written about promotion for the self/indie published, and I'm no expert. But I will say that Twitter can be a writer's best friend if used wisely, and I've written lots of posts about how to get the most out of it HERE, and (although a year in Twitter is a long time and some bits might have dated slightly).
I've recently written a guest post on Swirl and Thread book blog, giving some basic tips for writers using social media for the first time. I can also recommend Rayne Hall's book Twitter For Writers.
Now a couple of fun posts!
Before I started this self-publishing thing I used to....
...and NOT to be taken seriously: How to Write a Romcom in one Easy Lesson!
But after all that, let's take a moment to Remember Why We Write