How To Love Your First Draft - What To Do When You Finally Finish your Novel Or Poem

Just finished your first draft, and fighting the urge to cry and set it on fire? Or are you riding high on adrenaline, and considering sending your still-drying manuscript to every publisher in the country? Take a deep breath, calm down, and check out my favourite tips on how to love your first draft. (They’ve saved much of my own writing from being permanently exiled to the recycling bin.) 

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Chloe Murphy
Free Book Editing For Underprivileged Authors - Why I Want To Help One Author This Summer

There is much talk at the moment about the rise of independent authors. But the fact remains that many writers are still being overlooked and underrepresented because they cannot secure a traditional publishing contract, and cannot afford professional services that are invaluable to authors wanting to self-publish. And I want to do my bit to help one talented, underprivileged writer this summer.

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Chloe Murphy
A Book Editor’s Top Tip For Character Development

Characters can make or break a novel. You can have sublime imagery and an airtight plot, but if your characters are shallow or patchy, the rest of your good work will be undone. Fortunately, there’s many things you can do to prevent your characters from being unrealistic and underdeveloped from the offset, and I’m going to share my top tip with you.

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Chloe Murphy
Why We Need To Challenge The Phrase ‘Vanity Publishing’

I’m becoming increasingly frustrated on behalf of my self-published friends as people continue to use the term ‘vanity publishing’ as an insult. A term directed at authors who pay to publish their book (as opposed to self-publishing alone, or publishing traditionally) it upsets me to see a minority of authors — and even some publishing professionals — using this unsavoury phrase to devalue other authors’ work.

So I think it’s about time we talked about this phrase and debunked it once and for all.

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Chloe Murphy
13 Top Tips On How To Edit Your Own Writing

Editing is no mean feat, and it’s even harder editing your own work. So, I’ve selected my favourite tips on how to begin to edit your own writing, so that you can use your own skills to begin to develop your first draft into something that can be presented for consideration by a publisher, agent, or editor.

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Chloe Murphy
20 Questions To Ask Yourself When Developing Fictional Characters

With many plates to spin at once whilst writing or planning a novel, I often find that authors neglect character development by accident when focusing on perfecting their plot or increasing pace and tension. So I’ve developed 20 key questions to ask yourself to help reform those half-baked characters into more complex fully-fledged personas.

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Chloe Murphy