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  • Wow, that view! But not so inspiring for writing…

    Wow, that view! But not so inspiring for writing…

    “When Sam McColl told me that she spends most of the year in her cabin on the beautiful remote Scottish lochs I assumed, like many people, that it must be the ideal writer’s retreat. But it turns out that I could not have been more wrong. Here, Sam talks about the challenges and distractions of nature and solitude for someone who writes about city family life” - Ben Cameron

  • Five Tips to Increasing Productivity for Authors

    Five Tips to Increasing Productivity for Authors

    One of the most difficult things about being an author is to get down the words. You spend days thinking about writing, then the time comes to sit down to write and every possible distraction gets in the way. From social media, to shopping, and paying your bills, all of it gets in your way when you switch on the laptop and open the page of the manuscript.

  • Why I Write Books for Boys (Hint: Because They Need Them)

    Why I Write Books for Boys (Hint: Because They Need Them)

    The last thing I had intended to do was to write YA Dystopian Trilogy. I had originally planned to write an adult thriller and was almost ready to start the hard work. However, during my planning stage, I had set three questions for my lead character.

  • 10 Top Tips For Creating The Best Book Blurb

    10 Top Tips For Creating The Best Book Blurb

    The last words that you write for your book will be the first that your audience reads. You’ve finished writing your book, it’s edited, designed and is just about ready to go to press.