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6 Ways to Recharge Your Writing Batteries – Guest Post by Toni Pike…

Many thanks to Chris Graham from The Story Reading Ape’s Blog for publishing my article about ways to restore your energy levels.

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Do you feel as if you’re running on empty, distracted by the constant demands of social media or not finding the time you need to write your next novel? You might need to focus on recharging your writing batteries, and there are six easy ways to do just that. Try one or more of these techniques, and see if it makes a difference to your life.

  1. Unplug your screen

If you’re writing, blogging and using a computer at work, then you’re spending a great deal of time looking at a screen. Try taking a break and see what a difference it makes. Keep away for all your devices for just twenty-four hours, and then write down how you feel at the end of that day. Chances are that you’ll feel healthier and discover a fresh enjoyment in the world around you.

  1. Monotask

If you’re a blogger and writer, then you…

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The Theme of a Novel

The theme of a novel is the major issue that underlies the story, and is the lesson or message that it conveys. It is one of the most important factors to think about when planning and writing a work of fiction. When you studied literature at school, the theme of a novel was always an important point for discussion. Now that you’re a writer, don’t forget to give your own story’s theme the same careful consideration. Continue reading “The Theme of a Novel”

Why Authors Need a Business Card

Business cards can be an important weapon in the arsenal of any writer wanting to promote their work. Many thanks to Chris from the Story Reading Ape Blog for publishing my article about business cards for authors. Continue reading “Why Authors Need a Business Card”

The Benefits of Reading Ebooks

I was delighted once again to have a guest post on Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog. Continue reading “The Benefits of Reading Ebooks”

You need mini-goals to write your novel

Many thanks to Chris from The Story Reading Ape Blog for posting my article about having mini-goals. Continue reading “You need mini-goals to write your novel”

The Mood of a Novel

We all know what it means when someone says that they are in a good or bad mood. Every one of us has a range of moods, that cover the spectrum from deliriously happy to gloomy or sad, and that is a sure sign of our humanity. Continue reading “The Mood of a Novel”

Guest Post on Sizzling Towards Sixty: How to Become an Author in Midlife

I was thrilled to be a guest on the inspirational Sizzling Towards Sixty website. Continue reading “Guest Post on Sizzling Towards Sixty: How to Become an Author in Midlife”

The Setting of a Novel

The setting of your novel is a critical element that needs careful consideration and planning. It is the backdrop to your story, and requires as much thought as you give to the characters and storyline. There are several aspects that you need to take into account, including the time period, the location, the mood to be evoked and the level of detail to be used in your descriptions. Continue reading “The Setting of a Novel”

Fiction Genres

Defining Genres

Fiction is normally divided into a range of categories that are referred to as genres. It will be the first way for readers and publishers to judge your novel, and every writer needs to select the genre of their own work. Despite that, many writers find it difficult to make that decision, even after completing the first draft. Many stories seem to fit into more than one category, making the choice even more difficult. This is a brief guideline to help you make that decision. Continue reading “Fiction Genres”

The Length of a Novel

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You are about to embark on a long and challenging journey and so far you have only stared at a blank sheet of paper or a computer screen in the search for inspiration. It might seem too early too worry about the length of your novel, but I consider that some forward planning is essential. You will know where you are headed and the size of the task you are about to undertake. Continue reading “The Length of a Novel”

Learn the difference between these words and you will never get them confused again.
Continue reading “Toni’s Writing Tips – complement & compliment”

The words there, their and they’re  are the source of endless confusion. Continue reading “Toni’s Writing Tips – their, there and they’re”

One of the most common mistakes in writing is the misuse of either its or it’s. Continue reading “Toni’s Writing Tips – its and it’s”

How to Write Dates – Guest Post…

I was delighted to have an article posted on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s Blog – about How to Write Dates in fiction.

 

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Your mind is on fire as you type out your latest story at super-fast speed when, all of a sudden, you come to a halt. You want to include a date or a time period, and you’re not sure of the best way to express it.

Here are some easy guidelines to help you get started.

Dates

There are two simple ways to write a date but in fiction you should try to write the words out in full:

Thursday 9 June 2016 – with no comma and no “th”

or

Ninth of June

Always write dialogue the way your character would say it:

She’ll be here on April the tenth,” said Mary.

Years

Write a single year in numerals:

2014

For a range of years, you can write the numerals:

1998-99 or 2002-2006

But for fiction, you should try to write the phrase in full:

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How to Build a Story in 20 Easy Steps (Guest Post )

Chris from the Story Reading Ape Blog kindly posted my simple guide to building a story. Continue reading “How to Build a Story in 20 Easy Steps (Guest Post )”

Adrenaline – A Simple Guide for Writers (Guest Post by Toni Pike)

Chris from The Story Reading Ape Blog was kind enough to post my article about the effects of adrenaline. You can read more here: Adrenaline – A Simple Guide for Writers

 

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This is a simple guide to adrenaline and its effects on the human body. An adrenaline rush is often referred to as the flight or fight response. You, the writer, put your characters into the most incredible situations and then decide if they will confront the enemy or run away – or do something completely unexpected. But what really happens when a person confronts an assailant or has a panic attack?

Adrenaline is a hormone that is sometimes referred to as epinephrine, but only in American medical circles – and that word may be slowly dying out. Adrenaline is the word of choice in all popular media and around the world.

Your characters are likely to have more than one adrenaline rush on their way to the exciting climax in your story. It happens in response to trauma, shock or a sudden fright. The hormone bursts out of…

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