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On Dealing With Rejection
Get. Back. On. That. Damn. Horse.
5 steps to magically whipping a shitty first draft novel into shape
It’s a beautifully crafted literary masterpiece in your head, but miserable on paper. So how do you get from ‘pile of words’ to ‘book-shaped thing’ without going utterly and entirely insane through the redrafting process? Here’s a big fucking secret: editing isn’t just about making the words sound right or sticking a comma in the right […]
Five plotting techniques to help you outline a novel
When we talk about plotting at WHQ what we really mean is “let’s have a cup of tea and a bit of a think about what you’re doing”. Because here’s the thing: plotting a novel isn’t a one time, write a quick list kind of thing. It’s not a case of planning versus pantsing. It’s […]
Writing Decongestant: 10 ways to unblock your writer’s block
So here’s a thing you should know: writer’s block doesn’t really exist. That’s not to say you won’t experience agonising periods of writing difficulty, but the moment you start thinking of yourself as ‘blocked’, you’re setting yourself up for a self-fulfilling prophecy. No – worse than that – let’s be honest: you’re letting yourself give up. Since I’m sinus-deep in […]
5 reasons you need to stop reading about being creative and actually get on with being creative
Here’s what humans have done with the literally awesome gift of creativity: removed it from our souls, turned it into a product and sold it back to ourselves. No really. What a bunch of fuckwits we are. Somewhere along the line we have convinced ourselves that creativity isn’t something that’s inherent in all of us, […]
5 Things You Need To Do Before Self-Publishing
Well. Have we got a mothersuckin’ treat for you today? (Yes, yes we do.) Bestselling self-published author Mark Cassell has written us a kick-ass guest blog with everything you need to know about killing it in the self-pub marketplace. Listen to the man. He knows his shit… 5 Things You Need To Do Before Self-Publishing […]
4 Tips to Help Kick Writing Imposter Syndrome in the Face (and Also Genitals)
We’ve all been there, noodling along quite happily with the WIP when BAM, all of a sudden you hear that dastardly, needling bastard of a voice: “Oooh look at you ‘writing’! Meeeh what do you think you’re doing? You know it’s all shit, right? And everyone is laughing at you…” Well, it’s time give that […]
My Favourite Novel Apocalypse: Trump and Brexit Edition
Well. End of Times, eh? I mean, we were all braced for it sometime between 2050 and 2080, what with climate change, Skynet and the oncoming zombies, but hey ho, 2016 it is. So in honour of humanity’s rapid descent into crazy land, here are the finest apocalyptic novels, as chosen by you.
5 ways to get writing again after a break
What to do when your writing practice has fallen off a cliff and you’ve written nowt for blinkin’ ages.
#LiteraryLittering: making the world better, one book at a time
A little thing that’s literary and nice. Nice!
Elements of a KICKASS opening chapter
The opening chapter of your book is what makes or breaks it. The rest of the story might be solid gold but if a reader or an agent gives up before they’ve made it through the first twenty or so pages then they’ll just never know… And when you’re sending out sample pages to literary […]
Beware the overused novel opening…
If you’ve already read our blog on How to Write a Kickass Opening Chapter then you’ll know it should be full of intrigue and engaging characters and conflict and all those brilliant things that will make an agent want to keep reading. (And if you haven’t read it yet, go and do that now.) But we […]
Revolutionary Books for People who #Resist
Whilst pulling together some platitudes to introduce this rather self-explanatory list, I Googled “synonyms for ‘up the shitter’”…
Reading Trans Writers: A Primer
In a nutshell: we have a dearth of traditionally published fiction from trans authors in the UK, so here’s a reading list of books that are both affordable and available.
7 tips for writing fiction about mental health
You wanna write about mental health but also not be a dick while doing it? Step right in, have we got the guide for you…
Writing about S-E-X (omg Mum please don’t read this)
Hi. Uh. How’s it going? Cool. So. You wanna pay attention for a second ’cause we need to have a chat. No you’ve not done anything wrong. It’s just, you know, a little one-on-one time, just talking about, um, you know, personal relationships. You know, like sex and that, no big deal. Ha. Hahahaaa. Haaaa. […]
Writers’ HQ is coming to a town near you!
Our famous one-day butt-kicking writing retreats are coming to five new locations – is there one near you?
Writers’ HQ Wall of Fame: July Edition
Writers’ HQ alumni are out there in the world kicking some literary butt. Here are the movers and shakers from the last couple of months.
7 Ways To Keep Writing Over The Summer Holidays
Kids ruining your writing life? Don’t worry, we’ve got the answer. Breath deeply, turn inwards and find your own internal writing retreat.
Why You Must Keep Writing Even When The World Is Crumbling Around You
Writing and telling stories is more important than ever. We can’t allow the distractions of politics to let us forget ourselves.