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Where next for How To Write Better: on page 1 of Google today!

Really thrilled to see that How To Write Better is back on Page 1 of Google, from a grand total of 2,270,000,000 results (approximately!)

How To Write Better on Google page 1

Sorry for the poor picture quality – best I could do with an IPhone…

Admittedly we’re only at the bottom, but it’s an achievement all the same. Thank you, readers, for supporting the site and helping it to grow

What would you like to see more of on How To Write Better?

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How to write in body language

Have you ever expressed regret about written communications because they don’t allow you to “read” – and use – body language? I have, and many others appear to have done so as well.

Writing in body language

There are ways to compensate for lack of body language when you’re communicating in text.

One of the most obvious places where the lack of body language can cause misinterpretations leading to discussions, arguments and worse, is in social media comments. Just one sentence that’s a bit thoughtless or flippant in the wrong circumstances can make a fire break out and within minutes there are dozens or even hundreds of trolls fanning the flames into the second Great Fire of London.

But that’s not the only problem area. [Read more…]

A complete novel writing course here on HTWB – for nothing

I was scrolling through the series of 30 novel writing tutorials we published here on HTWB a while ago and thought how difficult it was to find them in order, so I have listed them all here for you to use. It will make it a lot easier for you to go through the course in the correct order. As always, there’s no charge.

writing fiction on HTWB
It’s an excellent course written by novelist and publisher Lucy McCarragher, who re-edited and eventually turned it into a book [Read more…]

Fiction writing course

30 fiction writing tutorials in this HTWB course – in correct order. Don’t miss any out!

Part One, getting started

Part Two, externalising your work

Part Three, character development

Part Four, get your setting right

Part Five, defining your theme

Part Six, plot development

Part Seven, plot development, starting the journey

Part Eight, reversals

Part Nine, the plot climax

Part Ten, finding your voice

Part Eleven, hooking your reader

Part Twelve, show and tell

Part Thirteen, how to write dialogue

Part Fourteen, sentence structure and punctuation

Part Fifteen, paragraphs (and more punctuation)

Part Sixteen, reviewing Act One: the beginning

Part Seventeen, dealing with writer’s block

Part Eighteen, how to write a scene

Part Nineteen, have fun with research

Part Twenty, the beauty of good punctuation

Part Twenty-one, the crucial Act Two

Part Twenty-two, the 6 key fiction forms

Part Twenty-three, genres

Part Twenty-four, tighter writing

Part Twenty-five, reviewing Act Two, part two

Part Twenty-six, fiction no-nos

Part Twenty-seven, reviewing Act Three – climax and resolution

Part Twenty-eight, editing

Part Twenty-nine, formatting your manuscript 

Part Thirty, submitting your manuscript 

Good luck with your next bestselling novel!

Writing at speed: how can this benefit authors?

Do you regard having to write stuff for work or other pursuit as a tedious chore to be done as fast as possible?


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Is writing really one of those boring jobs like your accounts or your filing or washing the coffee cups that you want to get done and out of the way so you’re then free to do something interesting?

Has writing really become pure gruntwork along with these other humdrum procedures?

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Book publishing today: top 10 myths exploded

You probably know that book publishing today is a very different ballgame than the publishing picture of 20 years ago and more. But as you’d expect with a comparatively new and still evolving industry, “fake news” runs rife.

10 most popular myths about book publishing today

Today, there are options for people to read our words on their laptops, on their phones, through earphones while they work out at the gym .. as well from the good old-fashioned printed page. And that’s something that should be celebrated.

Here, then, are some of the myths that are flying around, and what the truth is about them. Enjoy.

1. Self-publishing is the same as vanity publishing

No, it’s not. Vanity publishing was a rather unfairly named con played by scammers not so much taking advantage of wannabee authors’ vanity, as of their hearts and souls. [Read more…]

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