I’m delighted to announce the publication of this blog’s new ebook: “A Guide to Writing Your First Novel!” This guide is a revised compilation of A.J. Flowers blog’s top posts over the past year to make a comprehensive and easy-to-navigate platform for all the best writing tips. What sets this guide apart from others is the fact … More A Guide to Writing Your First Novel
Do you know how important the hook is to get your story read? Have you put as much work on your first sentence as the entire book? Because if you haven’t, your work may never be given a chance. After starting to write flash fiction, not just available here on this blog, but submitting to literary … More The Hook: Your Book’s Fate Depends on It
This may come as a shock to some of you, and a silly blog post for others, but it needs to be said. There is one very easy thing you can do to become an amazing writer. Guess what it is… Read! Why it works: Approach writing as a new language How did you learn your … More #1 Trick to Make Your Writing Awesome
I want to start off by saying this author’s work was recommended to me during my search for the “perfect” YA Debut novel. I want to focus on YA writing, so the best way to learn to write is to study those who have come before, and Susan Dennard’s work is a great place to … More Book Review – Something Strange and Deadly
Whether you’re a pantser or a plotter, there is one mistake nearly every writer does, including experienced ones. It’s a concept of your writing goal, be it one paragraph, one chapter, or whole sections of the manuscript. When plotting (outlining) your book, you have a series of events carefully planned out. Therefore, it’s logical when … More Most Common Writing Mistake – Character Development
I’m happy to provide you this tidy list of winning tweets for #PitchMAS! If you’re not sure what #PitchMAS is, I’ll explain. There are a few Twitter Pitch contests each year, with #PitMad and #SFFPit being among the largest. Authors will write a short pitch of their novel, small enough to squeeze into a tiny tweet with … More #PitchMAS 2015 Results!
Welcome back to the Journey in Prose! Today’s focus may seem simple, but is paramount to improving your prose if you find yourself really getting stuck. This is a technique when you’ve edited until you can edit no more, and no matter what you do, you can’t seem to polish your manuscript that last 10%. … More Journey in Prose: Get Some Distance
Did you miss Twitter’s #PitchCB? That’s okay, here’s a summary of today’s winning pitches and discussions! Theme: #DiscoveryDay #PitchCB : 9AM – 1PM (London Time). Winning Pitches: @AlissiaBee; Liked by Curtis Brown Agent: Emma Herdman Imagine discovering a furnished house in Dulwich. A secret setting for an affair in the 70s. It was abandoned. You need … More #PitchCB Results!
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So often when we approach the first draft of our novel, it’s with a sense of dread and foreboding. A novel is a massive thing to tackle and all kinks can’t be ironed out on the first try. That’s why we hand off our newborn to editors, beta readers, and critique partners. … More Quick and Dirty Editing