Writing can be a solitary activity but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own! Our free resource packs provide a wealth of advice, techniques and tips for writers at the beginning of their journey.
Writing a novel requires stamina, resilience and an external eye. Getting started can be hard. It’s a little easier with advice from Laura Stimson, Julia Crouch and Sam Hacking.
Laura Stimson shares her thoughts on getting started and talks with authors and agents about taking those first steps.
The Queen of Domestic Noir discusses her twisty-turny career and how becoming a writer doesn’t always happen in the most obvious of ways.
If you’re struggling to get started on a project, need a break or find yourself bashing against writer’s block, these prompts will help kickstart your creativity.
Artist and writer Sam Hacking shares how she began her writing journey and her advice for anyone who is just getting starting out.
Discover the methods of Eimear McBride, Jenny Offill, Motoyuki Shibata, Bregje Hofstede and Simon K Jones.
Jenny Offill reveals some of the inspiration behind the creation of her novel, Weather.
The winner of the Goldsmiths Prize and Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction talks about her method and how she approaches her writing.
Bregje Hofstede, Motoyuki Shibata and Simon K Jones talk about their techniques and approaches to work.
Digital creative writing tips including: plotting/structure software, hardware, comfort, time management and online presence.
How can you bring your characters to life on the page? Sarah Perry, Michael Donkor and Joe Dunthorne share their tips.
CEO Chris Gribble talks to Sarah Perry about her techniques for creating and developing characters.
Michael Donkor, author of Hold, guests on the podcast to talk about creating and developing characters.
The award-winning poet, journalist and novelist shares his techniques for developing characters and tackles the semi-mystical concept of character ‘writing themselves’.
Including backstory, description and personality aids.
Nicola Upson, Okechukwu Nzelu, Inua Ellams and Simon K Jones share techniques for designing and wrangling plots.
Nicola tells us how her process has adjusted over time and discusses the unique requirements of the crime genre.
Okechukwu Nzelu explains his process for crafting the plot for his debut novel.
Poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams examines the connection between plot and style.
Simon K Jones examines the relationship between plot, character and theme.
Discover how to create your own unique worlds with Kieron Gillen, Abi Daré, Farhana Shaikh and Ian Nettleton.
Multi-award-winning comics writer Kieron Gillen joins us on the podcast to discuss his methods for world building.
Abi explains how she uses voice and tone to explore and reveal the world of her story.
Writer and publisher Farhana Shaikh shares her advice for world building in short stories, where word count is at a premium and efficiency is essential.
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How do you write engaging, convincing dialogue? Find out with Chris Beckett, Femi Kayode, Carys Davies, Hannah Berry and Taylor Beidler.
Author Chris Beckett explore styles of dialogue in literature and how he uses it in his novel Two Tribes.
Those of you who write for stage or screen will find lots of useful techniques in Femi Kayode‘s essential scriptwriting tips.
The author of The Redemption of Galen Pike and The Mission House reflects on the importance of dialogue for building character and story.
Graphic novelist and UK Comics Laureate Hannah Berry gives us an illustrated guide to the complexities of dialogue in comics.
Taylor Beidler examines the flow of dialogue and the core feedback loop that exists when people communicate with one another.
What is structure and why is it critical to the success of a story? Rob Shearman, Rebecca Watson and Chitra Ramaswamy have the answers.
On the unique design of little scratch and how the story and its structure are inseparable.
Rob Shearman argues that structure is every bit as important as the more commonly discussed aspects of a novel.
Simon K Jones shares his tips for wrangling large manuscripts.
Editing is critical to any successful novel. We talk to editors and writers about their process.
The author of The Other Mrs Walker shares four experiences of editing and a useful exercise for your work-in-progress.
Assistant editor Hannah Chukwu from Hamish Hamilton of Penguin Random House about her work and the editing process.
On the editing process and how writers can get the most out of their editors.
Simon K Jones demonstrates how you can make real improvements to your first draft through simple self-editing techniques.
How we leave our characters is important and it can be hard to deliver a satisfying ending. Follow our guide to creating great conclusions.
The author of The Last Days of Roger Federer on how endings are a prelude to re-writing.
The author of Under the Skin on the power of endings.
The debut novelist of Lives Like Mine shares tips for writing your ending.
Explore a range of research methods from desk research to more immersive and unusual ways of gathering insights and ideas.
Megan explains how different types of research can become a regular part of your writing routine as well as helping to inspire stories and characters.
Guinevere Glasfurd explains her research methods to help you ensure your people, places and plots feel real.
Stuart Turton discusses the research, editing and planning process behind The Devil and the Dark Water.
Exercises, a podcast and an article cover the broad topic of writing about love, from the passionate to the familial, old and young and even a love of God.
On writing about love, from the intimate and tender to the physical and visceral, from the romantic to the familial.
Laura Stimson shares four short writing exercises to help you develop your skills in writing about love, sex and romance.
Maggie Gee tackles the issue of ageism in the media and publishing and discusses how to write about love and sex between older people.
The prize-winning Scottish poet shares five great poems about love.
Discover a range of approaches to building a writing routine.
On removing mental, physical and even temporal blocks to get you writing.
Vida Adamczewski discusses the pressure to be a ‘Good Writer’.
Liz Breslin’s ten-step-guide to rediscovering the spontaneity of writing.
Orange Prize shortlisted writer Monique Roffey offers her top five tips for getting the best out of your writing.
If you struggle to carve out time for your writing, Antony is someone you need to pay attention to.