Many authors dream of becoming that mythical creature: the full-time writer, a person who is able to support themselves by doing nothing other than turning words into books. But I wonder whether such a thing as a full-time writer actually exists? Are there any writers out there who only write books? Even ridiculously famous and…

One of the beautiful things about a good book is the ability to travel from your armchair. A book can act as a passport to another country, another time – even another world. And in some books, the setting is as much of a character as the novel’s protagonist. What would Harry Potter be without…

ANTON Chekov, renowned playwright and writer, is famously quoted as saying that ‘if there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it must fire in the last’. This is a great quote that illustrates the power of foreshadowing. Foreshadowing is the technique of laying down clues and hints throughout a story that…

If there’s one rule I live by in my freelance business, it’s: Track finances now – Avoid pain later. Making the switch to freelancing can be both liberating and daunting. You have to find your own work. You have to build your own professional networks. You have to motivate yourself. You have to meet deadlines….

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