Writing is a fascinating occupation whether you're writing for your own enjoyment or with the intention of getting published. In either case, it's always best to write as well as you can, to learn to make your writing as professional as possible. You don't want your work littered with mistakes or difficult to follow; so learning the fundamental principles of writing, whether fiction or non-fiction will stand you in good stead.

WORKSHOPS
The Focus On Fiction workshops I began back in January, are still going strong. They take place on Monday evenings 6.30-8.30pm in Nuneaton. Email me if you are interested in joining.
You can read more about the writing workshops and school visits that I do on he School Visits page. Also read about KAT (Kids and Authors Together). That's myself and the fantastic author/tutor Karen King (www.karenking.net).


BOOKS
Become a Writer. A Step by Step Guide is the perfect book for anyone keen to become a writer. It covers everything from making time to write, tools of the trade, articles, interviewing techniques, all aspects of fiction, novel writing, professional presentation of your manuscript, editing, self publishing and ebooks right through to the role of literary agents, publishers, editors, and lots more.
I've taken a logical step by step approach to the craft of writing which was exactly the same approach as I took myself. With the ethos being 'walk before you can run', the book takes learning the craft of writing at a steady pace, building up knowledge and confidence through enjoyable and useful writing exercises in every chapter.
Also dotted throughout this book are tips, quotations and inspiring comments from some of today's great authors of fiction and non-fiction.


MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES
It can be difficult to see your own mistakes when you're working on a story. When time allows I will do manuscript critiques which will be honest and constructive.
Please feel free to email me regarding costs for this service if you need advice with your manuscript.
ann-evans@btconnect.com


WRITER'S SURGERY
Writing can be a difficult business at times. Not knowing if your writing is good, bad or indifferent. Not knowing how to improve your skills, constantly worrying whether you're getting it right or making mistake after mistake. Dejected by rejections but unsure how to improve on your stories and articles.
Possibly the whole publishing world seems alien and terrifying, making you too afraid to risk sending work out. Perhaps you don't know where or how to send your stories. Then there's that age old question, do I need an agent?
Maybe you are considering writing an ebook but aren't sure how to go about it. Or perhaps you just want to write and need guidance on how to begin.
If you are struggling with your writing for any reason, please do get in touch. I run a Writer's Surgery where you can book a one-to-one consultation.
Consultations can take place in Coventry or Nuneaton, the cost is pounds 20 per hour for a one-to-one discussion and appraisal on your writing difficulties. Consultations could also be arranged via email or telephone for those living further afield, so please email me in the first instance.


WRITING TIPS
Make time to write and write. Don't wait for inspiration.

Keep notebooks to jot down ideas.

Never be satisfied with your first draft. Hone and polish your work until it shines.

Remember to give your characters skills and flaws, and something which they fear.

Establish the conflict, emotional, physical or both.

Make every word of dialogue count. Let it be there for a reason.

Leaving off writing halfway through a sentence will enable you to get back into the flow easier when you start again.

Read your work aloud and listen for the euphony of every sentence.

Persevere!
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