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Writers’ HQ Flash Quarterly – THE LONGLIST!

  Flashers! It’s here. FINALLY. (We realise some of you have been waiting a considerable amount of time for this and we greatly appreciate your gracious patience. 🙏 🙏 🙏) We’ve…

#Submit2020

New year! New decade! (jk, pedants, that’s next year) Twenty. Twenty. Motherflippers. You know what that means?* It means we all have perfect 20:20 vision now, that’s just the LAW…

What To Do With A First Draft

  Whether you’ve just smashed NaNoWriMo in record time, or have been slogging out this novel for a decade, reaching the end of a first draft is a huge great…

Fill the World With Words

  Oh hey. Feeling the capitalist ennui? Yeah. Us too. Want to do something bookish and lovely and literary that helps to save the world instead of throwing cash at…

WRITING EXERCISE: Endurance

To finish any writing project, endurance is the key ingredient. Endurance through the discovery of a first draft. Endurance through the repetitious slog of editing. Endurance through self doubt, imposter…

Pep & Prompt #10: Do More By Doing Less

Hey there, writerface! This week’s Pep & Prompt is lovingly borrowed from our procrastination-smashing mini course: 14 Days to a Solid Writing Habit (sign up for the freebie version, starting…

WRITING HACK: Harvesting Kids’ Ideas

Writing is theft. We steal mannerisms and snippets of dialogue and memories and life experiences all the time. It’s what we DO. And you know where the very richest seam…

WRITING EXERCISE: Walk it out

We’re going on a story hunt… It’s summertime. Forget about the housework. Slap on some suncream, stick on your stomping shoes and let’s get out of here. Today’s task is…

Get in the writing ZONE

Ahhh ‘the zone’. That mystical plane of existence in which the words flow and inspiration is channeled directly into our brains and we become mere vessels for unbounded creativity and…

WRITING EXERCISE: Location, location, location

The ability to transport yourself into a fictional location is pretty vital for a writer. But it ain’t easy. Describing imaginary places and spaces so a reader can vividly visualise…

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