Tips for Writers Archive

Writing Advice from YOU: Do you sketch characters or maps?

We already know that lots of our authors like to draw maps and characters to help them with the writing process. Edward Carey, author and illustrator of HEAP HOUSE, posts a new character drawing on his Twitter account @EdwardCarey70 every Friday! Just finished the Tailor of Foulsham, something between Jack the Ripper and Wee Willy […]

Money Where Your Mouth Is

This post is long overdue, but all the excitement of World Book Day took over. I am obsessed with children’s books, and sometimes I have a hard time explaining why. “Because they are just so good!” Luckily, there is Katherine Woodfine of @followtheyellow and Booktrust, who put together an entire team of people to help […]

Writing Advice from YOU: Where do you find your inspiration?

For this edition of Writing Advice from YOU we asked our Twitter followers what inspires them to write. Enjoy the answers and hopefully you will be able to discover some new sources of inspiration too! Calling all writers! For tomorrow’s blog post we want to know: which movies, books, TV shows etc. inspire you most? […]

Writing Advice From YOU: 2014 Writing Resolutions

For this edition of Writing Advice from YOU we decided on a new year theme. We asked our Twitter followers the following question… Last week you shared your 2014 reading resolutions with us. Now we’d like to know: What are your WRITING resolutions? #writingadvicefromyou — HotKeyBooks (@HotKeyBooks) January 8, 2014   @HotKeyBooks to write every […]

Writing Advice from YOU: Writing Snacks and Drinks

It’s time for another Writing Advice from YOU and this week we asked our Twitter followers the following question: Calling all writers! We’re curious: what’s your favourite writing snack or drink? #WritingadvicefromYOU — HotKeyBooks (@HotKeyBooks) December 12, 2013   @HotKeyBooks hot cup of chai usually gets me going — Nirali (@firewordsparklr) December 12, 2013   […]

How to get a writing commission for Unlocked

Today, I got to meet the lovely @hapgoodness, one of the authors who won our first Unlocked novella competition and got commissioned to write us a Christmas novella. Yesterday, we launched the next competition to write a dark romance novella for the next set publishing in March. (All details here.) Next week, we’re kicking off […]

Young Writers Prize: Our Top Ten Writing Tips

Hello one and all! It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for a top ten countdown. This week – our top ten writing tips to have come out of this year’s Young Writers Prize. We had a ton of entries, and the quality of this year’s writing was even stronger than last year. However, there […]

Writing Advice from YOU!

It’s time for another round of writing advice from YOU! We all know that writing can be quite a challenge from time to time, so we love collecting advice and sharing it with you. This week we have a great list of writing tips. Here’s what our Twitter followers and some of our Hot Key […]

Writing Advice from YOU: Character Inspiration

It’s time for another round of writing advice from our lovely Twitter followers. This time we’re discussing character inspiration. Where do you get your ideas for characters from? Some authors use family members, others try to stay away from that as much as possible. Here are your answers: Thanks to everyone that participated and don’t […]

Writing Advice from YOU: Building Worlds

It’s time for another round of writing advice from our lovely Twitter followers. Last week at LeakyCon some of our authors were part of a panel where they discussed everything involved in world building, both in fantasy and realistic settings. This weekend we asked you to give your best tips on building worlds and the […]


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