4 Ways to Develop Structure in your Nonfiction Writing

With the help of a cartographer, an artist, a theorist, and a magician  Structure – the order, organisation and connections between parts of text – has an important role in your reader’s journey and heightens their understanding and enjoyment of your...

Stress to Success: Can Journaling Improve Men’s Wellbeing?

Guest Blog by Henry Flemming-Smith a student from Leeds Trinity University. As a child, my journalling, consisted of plants stuck in annotated pages with tape and in-depth critiques of my favourite wrestlers. My grandad, an artist, kept an immaculate journal full of...

Writing: It’s not for people like me…

People like me can’t be writers… This is the story I told myself for many years. I can remember when I was six years old being asked to writer a story at school. I loved everything about it and rushed home and asked my mum if I could please borrow her...

How to identify the target audience of your nonfiction book

Getting to know your target audience Books are written to be read. Imagine! So writing your book without a thought for your reader and expecting them to like it all the same would be like knitting your friend a jumper without checking their size, style or colour...

Writer’s Block Busters

Writer’s block is something that impacts all writers at some point, but is there really such a thing? Many famous writers have written about the concept of writer’s block, usually implying that you just have to push through, like Lev Grossman: “When...

International Writer’s Day

International Writers’ Day – a bit of history International Writers’ Day is on 3rd March. It was first celebrated in 1986 and was created by The International Congress of PEN Club (PEN standing for Poets; Essayists; Novelists), an organisation that...

Audience research for nonfiction writers

Audience research for nonfiction writers The unexpected key to success If there’s one thing you take away from this blog, dear writers, please let it be this: audience research is too important to overlook. Knowing who you’re writing for can shape nearly every aspect...

Why not have an “inky black” Monday?

Why not have an inky black Monday? Blue Monday, or Inky Black Monday as I prefer to call it, is allegedly the lowest point of the year. In reality it was created by the travel industry in 2004 to encourage us to book a holiday!  With dark days and long nights, credit...

What are your plans for 2024?

What are your plans for 2024? This time of year is a time of reflection and planning for many people. It’s so important to take time to look back on everything you have achieved in the past year (it will be so much more than you think, I guarantee it!). Then...