Writing Tips and Tools

Get tips, tricks and tools on the craft of writing.

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"It will help you enormously to complete a publishable manuscript if you are familiar with crime fiction’s many sub-genres and the key conventions and rules of each of them," says tutor Andrew Nette. "Knowing the rules of crime fiction is the vital first step if you want to subvert or play with them."

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"The best way to learn how to write is to read—as often and as widely as possible," says tutor Bella Li.

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"It’s a cliche, but write the book that you want to read," says tutor C.S. Pacat. "Whenever I start a novel, I always first try to imagine that I am walking into a bookstore—there is a book I yearn to find there, but never quite do. That’s the book I must write myself."

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"Self-publishing is a business, one in which you champion your own book," says tutor Ellie Marney. "It isn’t a vanity thing, or a dummy-spit – if you’re doing it right it’s about taking the chance to serve your story properly."

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"I know this is incredibly obvious, but the best things you can do are READ as much and as widely as you can, and WRITE as often as you can," says tutor George Ivanoff. "READ and WRITE! This is the basis of every writing career."

Lee Kofman

"Compelling personal essayists are not those whose worldview the reader agrees with, but those whose voice and worldview the reader is interested in enough to follow," says tutor Lee Kofman.

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"When it comes to memoir the most important character to understand is yourself," says tutor Luke Ryan. "You are not a blank observer, but an active participant and your own characterisation will drive how you write every other part of the story."

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There are many different pathways to publication. 

In this recording of a webinar held in November 2017 as part of the Write-ability Goes Regional and Online program, Carly Findlay discusses how emerging (and established) writers can get published, pitch their work, write the personal and political, cope with trolling, and connect with others in the writing community.

Our fact sheet 'Resources for Young Writers 16-25' covers where to begin with writing associations, publications and competitions. 

Our fact sheet 'Writing Competitions' covers where to find the latest competitions.