Blog Posts tagged: young writers

Alan Dapre holding a book

Alan Dapre: Tips for Creating Characters

Porridge the Tartan Cat is back with a 6th book in the series. To celebrate, we asked the book's author, Alan Dapre, to share his top tips to help young writers create believable characters for stories!

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Tanya Landman

Tanya Landman: 6 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

Tanya Landman's teen novel, Passing For White, is a gripping adventure story set against the backdrop of the antebelllum American South, where slavery was at its height. In this blog post, Tanya passes on her top tips for bringing the past to life in historical fiction.

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Cover of The Rise of Wolves by Kerr Thomson, cropped

Kerr Thomson: 5 tips for using nature to inspire your writing

Award-winning children's author Kerr Thomson has always drawn inspiration from the natural world. In this blog post, young writers can find out his top tips to turn outdoor adventures into fuel for writing.

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Jonathan Meres

Jonathan Meres: 5 Tips for Writing from Experience

Jonathan Meres is the author of the hilarious World of Norm series, and he's back with a new book, Mint Choc Chip at the Market Cafe. The book is published by Barrington Stoke, which specialises in super-readable titles that are ideal for less-confident readers. In this blog post, Jonathan talks about how his own experience working on a market stall inspired the new book, and gives his top tips to help young writers 'write what you know'.

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Cover of Joan Lennon's latest novel, Walking Mountain

How Movies Can Help You Become a Better Writer

Children's and teen author Joan Lennon is back with a fabulous new fantasy story, Walking Mountain, which has already made our Teen Book of the Month. Joan is a firm believer that watching films can make you a better writer; in this blog post she outlines a few reasons why (and one way books have one up on films).

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Sibeal Pounder: My Top Five Tips for World-building

Witch Wars author Sibeal Pounder is back with her brand new series Bad Mermaids. In this blog post, find out how she goes about creating fictional worlds!

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Sarah Mussi

Sarah Mussi's Top Tips for Writing Fantasy

Award-winning author Sarah Mussi is back with Here Be Witches, the second book in the Snowdonia Chronicles. In this blog post, she offers her top tips for creating fantasy worlds and characters.

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A map, drawn by illustrator Thomas Flintham, from Abi's latest book The Night Spinner

Abi Elphinstone: How Scottish Childhood Landscapes Inspired The Night Spinner

Abi Elphinstone is one of the most exciting children's writers to appear on the scene in the past few years. In this blog post, find out how the Scottish landscapes of her childhood helped to shape the locations in her latest novel, The Night Spinner. Also, there's a chance for Abi fans to win a specially designed Night Spinner pillowcase!

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Beatrice Colin

How to Make Your Stories Exciting

How do you create a well-crafted plot that hooks your reader? Beatrice Colin, author of the gripping high-seas drama Pyrate's Boy, is on hand to give some advice for writing a story that'll grab your reader and never let go!

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Matt Dickinson

Cliffhanger! Keeping Your Reader On The Edge Of Their Seat

Matt Dickinson, author of the teen titles ‘Mortal Chaos’ and ‘The Everest Files’ gives us his tips for raising the tension of your story to fever pitch!

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