Writing Decongestant: 10 Ways To Unblock Writer's Block

So here’s a thing you should know: writer’s block doesn’t really exist. That’s not to say you won’t experience agonising periods of writing difficulty, but the moment you start thinking of yourself as ‘blocked’, you’re setting yourself up for a self-fulfilling prophecy. No –…

Five Plotting Techniques To Help You Outline A Novel

When we talk about plotting at WHQ what we really mean is “let’s have a cup of tea and a bit of a think about what you’re doing”. Because here’s the thing: plotting a novel isn’t a one time, write…

Top 5 literary picks from the Worthing WOW Festival

While Brighton (which we love) is increasingly saturated with beards and artisan bread, Worthing is rapidly becoming the place where serious creative people go to get their serious heads down. Yes, really. Blue-rinse and bowls Worthing is on the up,…

A Treatise On Magically Whipping a Shitty First Draft Into Shape

It’s a beautifully crafted literary masterpiece in your head, but miserable on paper. So how do you get from ‘pile of words’ to ‘book-shaped thing’ without going utterly and entirely insane through the redrafting process? Here’s a big fucking secret: editing…

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