The Writer’s Toolshed

The Myths of GDPR

There’s been a hell of a lot of confusion over this rather significant change in the law, with people offering different advice based on their interpretations of the regulations. It’s fair to say a few people have panicked too, and who’s to blame them with threats of million pound fines for non-compliance.

The aim of this article is to quell those nerves and to offer some practical advice for writers on complying with the new laws.

How Long Should A Book Be?

I see many people seeking guidance on how long their novels and stories should be. Having compiled lists of publishers of short and long fantasy fiction I’ve noticed a few trends.

This article looks at the lengths publishers seek for fiction in their various forms: micro, flash, short, novelettes, novellas, and novels. But it begins with a few words of caution.

Sharing is Caring Thursday #14 Vonnegut’s rules for writing short stories, editing questions, the science of writing by hand, and the five commandments of writing scenes

It’s that time of the week to share some of the most helpful articles I’ve encountered during the past seven days. In today’s instalment, you’ll find Vonnegut’s rules for writing short stories, editing advice, the science of writing by hand, and the five commandments of writing scenes. Excellent posts, the lot of them.

Sharing is Caring Thursday #13

Another interesting collection of articles for you this week, featuring signs you’re a master writer, the Hugo Awards nominees for 2018, blogging lessons, and 55 grammar rules. Thank you, bloggers, for the helpful content!

Sharing is Caring Thursday #12

I’m back with another sharing is caring post, bringing you a taste of some of the best articles I’ve read in the world of blogging in the past week. A varied and insightful bunch awaits you below: 20 calls for submissions, boosting blog engagement, keyboard-loving cats, and sociology and world-building. Thank you, writers, for the top-notch content!

Making The Most of Reading

Reading is an important way for a writer to learn the craft. Much of what I’ve picked up has come from seeing how others do things. This article shares some techniques I’ve found helpful to get the most out of reading.

Sharing is Caring Thursday #11

Another varied bunch of helpful delights for you this week, with some interesting topics for you to ponder: a firefighter’s guide to fighting dragons, loglines and pitches, multimedia books, and writing character thoughts.

How To Create A Literary Theme

A story’s theme takes a hard look at the meaning of things, examines deep-rooted ideas. A story with a theme is a story with a point. This article looks at the definition of ‘theme’ before exploring ways for you to come up with or uncover your themes and lastly, how to weave them into your stories.

Sharing is Caring Thursday #10 investing in your writing career, the influences of women, writing too much, and vital elements of a story.

Happy International Women’s Day! A day to celebrate the inspiring achievements of all women across the globe. “What is better than wisdom? Woman. And what is better than a good woman? Nothing.”

Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration in the articles that feature in today’s post. This week, investing in your writing career, the influences of women, writing too much, and vital elements of a story. Thank you, writers, for the wonderfully helpful content.

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