Editors don't get the same amount of air time as writers. Here's Claire Wingfield to pass on her advice and help writers get the most out of their editor!

Published by Icy Sedgwick on March 27, 2017

7 things editors think about writers and publishing

Editors are a vital part of the indie publishing machine. But they don’t often get the same airtime as indie writers. I’ve featured editors on my blog before, and the reception has always been very good. So I’m guessing writers like hearing that editors have to say! That in mind, I decided to interview Claire…

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Where you set your story is just as important as what happens in it. So let's look at how to choose locations to boost the world-building of your story!

Published by Icy Sedgwick on December 12, 2016

How to choose locations to boost your story!

Knowing how to choose locations is the easiest way to ensure the success of your world-building. After all, writers often spend a great deal of their time concentrating on developing authentic dialogue. They need fleshed out, 3-dimensional characters. And they spend hours creating a coherent plot, contained within a sensible structure. But what about setting and location?…

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If you want to make a living with your writing then you need a particular mindset. Here are 9 things you need to think about to get you on the right path!

Published by Icy Sedgwick on November 21, 2016

9 important tasks to make a living with your writing

It’s only natural to want to make a living with your writing. But it’s also incredibly difficult! After all, you’ll be competing with thousands of other authors. And with readers trained to expect books for free, you might think it’s an uphill struggle. But writers like JF Penn prove that it is possible. I went to her workshop…

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CPD, or continued professional development, is rife in the workplace. But can you apply its principles to your ongoing writing career?

Published by Icy Sedgwick on November 14, 2016

5 Simple Ways to Boost your Writing using CPD

Years ago, if you practised the skills needed for your job, you were ‘learning your craft’. Nowadays, it has a fancy new title, and most professionals are all too aware of ‘continued professional development’, or CPD! The idea is that you continually build and improve your toolbox of skills you need to do your job. You’re continually on top…

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NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, has become something of a 'trial by fire' for novelists. But why should, and shouldn't, you give it a go?

Published by Icy Sedgwick on November 7, 2016

Why should, and shouldn’t, you do NaNoWriMo?

You pretty much can’t avoid NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) every November. Whether you’re an author yourself, or just someone who knows one, you’ll have seen that acronym pretty much everywhere for the last week. If you haven’t, the general point of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Yeah, it’s not quite a novel, but…

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Meditation doesn't just mean sitting thinking about nothing. It can be beneficial to your health, as well as your writing. Click here to find out how meditation can help improve your storytelling!

Published by Icy Sedgwick on September 25, 2016

Can meditation really improve your storytelling?

Meditation just involves sitting on the floor, searching for nirvana…doesn’t it? Well no. There are many different types of meditation, depending on what you want to get out of them. But in this post I’m only going to focus on two, both of which I think can help you improve not only your storytelling, but…

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Do you feel like your writing is missing something? Try stopping to feed the ducks to see how taking a pause can improve your fiction!

Published by Icy Sedgwick on September 22, 2016

3 Reasons Why Writers Should Stop To Feed the Ducks

Writers by their very nature are often solitary, and often very ‘indoorsy’. Unless they make the effort to do so, it probably never crosses their mind to feed the ducks in their local park. It’s a great shame, because an incredibly simple act can actually have 3 benefits for their storytelling. This post is inspired…

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Art galleries might not seem like an obvious destination for writers, but they can help you hone your observation, find ideas, and improve your visuals! Click here to find out how.

Published by Icy Sedgwick on September 19, 2016

Can Visiting Art Galleries Improve Your Writing?

Art galleries don’t often figure on anyone’s radar, let alone a writer’s. Instead, they’re just somewhere to go when the weather is bad, or someone has come to visit your hometown and you’re not sure what else to show them. But art galleries and exhibitions can actually provide an excellent opportunity to improve your observational…

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Published by Icy Sedgwick on September 16, 2016

3 cool ways that weather rocks your fictional world!

Weather is quite possibly the most common conversational topic, at least in the United Kingdom. It also contributed to one of the most widely quoted opening lines; “It was a dark and stormy night” But can weather do anything else to your fiction, other than setting the scene, or giving characters something to talk about?…

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Point of view doesn't just refer to whether you're writing in first person, or third. It can be a brilliant way to find out what makes your characters tick!

Published by Icy Sedgwick on September 13, 2016

Why should you walk in the shoes of your characters?

Point of view can be a tricky subject for writers. Does it just refer to whether you’re writing in first person, or third? It can do, but point of view can also be a brilliant way to get under the skin of your characters and find out what really makes them tick. And if you…

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