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Lorraine Ambers Writing Blog
Writing tips, motivational and inspirational post for writers who craft novels.
2021-07-01 14:30
Hello fellow creatives! Are you embarking on the submission/ query phase of your writing journey? Or perhaps like me, you forged ahead only to feel lost, disorientated, and at times dishe… Read More
2021-06-17 14:22
Hello fellow creatives!! Creating a pitch and delivering it to an agent face-to-face is a unique experience. Daunting? Yes, but with a little preparation you can execute a seamless pitch… Read More
2021-05-06 14:01
Hello fellow creatives! We’ve all experienced the depths of our doubt, and boy, it’s not fun. So where does it come from and how do we combat it? People can say the cruelest o… Read More
2021-04-22 14:00
Hello fellow creatives! We all want a catchy title. Something that grabs the readers attention and draws them in. The saying goes, ‘don’t judge a book by it cover’ yet w… Read More
2021-04-08 14:18
Hello fellow creatives! I’m a huge fan of positive posts. Who doesn’t need a daily dose of inspiration? Sometimes, we need a little push to help us work towards our goals and… Read More
2021-03-19 14:17
Hello fellow creatives, I don’t know about you, but the thought of writing a synopsis is daunting. After months of plotting, writing and revising our novel, we’re finally face… Read More
2021-03-05 02:33
Hello fellow creatives, Inside each of us, there is something that ignites passion in our hearts and creates purpose in our soul. It’s no easy task admitting that what we covet is a… Read More
2021-02-18 14:00
Hello, fellow creatives! Ah, procrastination! Ever find yourself filing a tax return when you’re supposed to be fleshing out a character? Or maybe, clearing out the airing cupboard… Read More
How To Be A Good Critique Partner
2021-02-04 15:00
There is nothing more valuable to a writer than a critique partner. It’s a relationship built on mutual respect and trust. Quality feedback elevates a writer to the next level, helping… Read More
2021-01-21 13:18
Hello fellow writers!! Yes, I’ve been away for a few months and honestly I questioned the benefits of blogging… slight existential crisis. We’ll call it my five ye… Read More
2020-10-30 14:00
The night draws closer to All Hallows’ Eve, blanketing me under the inky depths of superstition and the unknown. It’s not the tradition of trick or treating that I like, or t… Read More
2020-10-22 14:15
Congratulations, you’ve written your first draft!! There’s no doubt about it, writing a complete manuscript is hard. So I’m here to celebrate with you… woo whoo!… Read More
How To Successfully Start Writing Stories
2020-10-08 14:00
Ever dreamed of becoming a writer? I know many people have a secret desire to put pen to paper and craft a literature masterpiece. And yet many don’t. Perhaps you believe you don&rsquo&hell…Read More
Surviving Writer’s Guilt
2020-10-01 13:54
Writers love to write, daydream, read and plot. But what they don’t like is having their time interrupted, stolen or even ruined by writer’s block. And unfortunate this pandemic… Read More
Writing The Perfect Pitch
2020-09-24 13:00
I’ve been practicing my pitches for years in a variety of ways. From the twitter contests where pitches need to be condensed into 280 characters. To crafting elevator pitches or Loglin… Read More
8 Twitter Tips For Writers
2020-09-17 13:00
Building a platform and navigating the many different social medias can be a daunting task. It can seem a step too far, especially when we’re still struggling to write our novel. But f… Read More
Be Creative And Dream Big!
2020-09-03 13:00
Welcome fellow creators! This week I’ve had the honor posting over on Thoughtful Minds United. I want to say a massive thanks to fellow blogger Fairen for the opportunity. It’s a… Read More
Is The Pandemic Blocking Your Writing?
2020-08-27 11:04
Hello, and welcome my fellow creatives. I thought I’d talk a little bit about productivity, writers block, burnout and of course self care. Mostly because that is what’s coming u… Read More
Why Rejection Is Important To Writers
2020-08-20 14:00
Writers need to deal with rejection. The industry we work in is subjective and competitive. Striving for greatness comes at a cost, usually to our pride. Recognition and validation is import… Read More
Writing Tip – How To Foreshadow
2020-08-13 13:38
The art of foreshadowing is subtle, and yet it’s also a craft that will add depth to your story. Foreshadowing can create atmosphere and cohesion between different parts of your story… Read More
A Writer’s Journey To Publishing
2020-08-06 13:00
Sometimes it’s good to look back and establish how far we’ve come. To self evaluate our journey and see what we’ve learnt along the way. While some of you may be published… Read More
How To Craft Catchy Dialogue
2020-07-30 13:00
Writing dialogue is an effective way to show the reader what’s happening in your story. But get it wrong and you risk loosing the readers interest. In a previous post I showed the Do&r&hell…Read More
Query Hopes And Fears Of A Writer
2020-07-16 11:30
Are you embarking on the submission/ query phase of your writing journey? Or perhaps like me, you’ve forged head-long into the process, only to feel lost, disorientated and at times di… Read More
Novel Crafting – 12 Character Archetypes
2020-07-09 12:08
Hello my fellow creators, and welcome to this weeks post. Have you ever wondered what archetype your character falls under? Or perhaps you’re outlining a new project and brainstorming… Read More
7 Writing Tips By Lorraine Ambers
2020-07-02 13:23
Hello, and welcome. In this post I’m sharing some of my writing tips with you, giving you a sneak peek into my writing habits. From creating realistic goals, to defining your writing z… Read More
2020-06-25 13:00
Hello, and welcome. Yesterday was my five year blogging anniversary. Woo hoo!! So I thought I’d celebrate this monumental goal by sharing my top four tips. These are all things I wish… Read More
Are You Blocking Your Writing Success?
2020-06-18 12:43
As writers, we know our characters need to be pushed to the limits to reveal their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. Have you ever realized that the same applies to you? You’re… Read More
2020-06-11 12:50
The first chapter of a story has a lot to deliver. On top of setting up your main character, and their world, it also has to hook the reader. Get it wrong, and you’ve lost the reader&n&hell…Read More
2020-06-11 09:12
I want to introduce the fabulous author K.M. Allan and her debut novel Blackbirch – The Beginning. I had a little fun with Kate’s interview and asked her to answer four random qu… Read More
Defining Your Writing Voice
2020-05-28 12:53
We all hear it, time and time again, from agents and editors and publishers… we want VOICE! But what exactly does that mean? And how can we start to define our own Voice in our writin… Read More
2020-03-19 10:20
We explore the world around us through things we hear, see and experience. So I guess it’s natural to expect the current crisis to slip into our writing. Should we sensor our words to… Read More
Writing Character Flaws
2020-03-05 12:30
The reason why character flaws, or big problems, are so important, is because this is what our character is going to overcome. To master, to change, to learn to strengthen or resolve. This f… Read More
Figurative Language – Writing Tips
2020-02-21 12:11
Ways to use language in literature. There are many ways in which we can convey meaning within our writing, figurative language uses words to deviate from their literal interpretation to… Read More
Writer's Need Validation To Grow
2020-02-11 13:23
We all crave validation. We all desire acknowledgement and acceptance. It is one of our fundamental needs as a human. Despite this yearning, I’ve battled with this concept. In a modern… Read More
2020-01-31 14:11
I had a great question from a fellow blogger, asking for clarity on the different types of story structures. So I did a little research, and guess what… while there are slight differe… Read More
2020-01-16 14:00
A lack of faith or confidence in our ability as an artist is something all writers struggle with. Sometimes it’s fleeting like a summer breeze, other times, it lingers like a winter&nb&hell…Read More
Dream Big And Get Writing
2020-01-08 14:33
What should we do when life reveals itself as a broken fairy-tale? Unlike a fantasy novel, there is no white knight to save us. The first step is realization: Our world is what we make it.Ho… Read More
Importance Of Updating Your Blog
2019-12-18 13:01
As the year draws to a close, I been looking back over the year, assessing the rise and fall of the last twelve months. Many of us will be wondering where the time has gone, asking what has… Read More
Blogging, Social Media And Marketing.
2019-12-11 11:57
Welcome, my wonderful readers, follower bloggers and writers. How we use social media is changing, how we market ourselves and our books is changing. In an industry that’s fast moving… Read More
Time To Write, Don’t Procrastinate
2019-11-13 14:00
We know that daily writing goals and being proactive creates a great forwards momentum for our novels. Yet putting that into practice can sometimes feel like a mountain to overcome and befor… Read More
The Courageous Writer
2019-10-17 14:50
Writer’s and Artist’s are seen as fragile creatures, introverted and mysterious. But those are simply stereotypes; artists come from a multitude of backgrounds and have different… Read More
Surviving Writer Purgatory
2019-09-24 15:08
Sometimes life outside of being a writer becomes hectic, and juggling the many demands of life takes its toll. In times like these something has to give, and I’ve already cooked too ma… Read More
2019-09-09 12:59
There comes a time in every artist’s journey when crippling self-doubt sets in. It’s an agonising period where all your hopes and dreams become overshadowed with fear. But before… Read More
2019-09-02 20:00
We writers are mercurial creatures, each with our own unique quirks, aspirations and preferences that drive us to create stories. Have you ever wondered if all writers desire the same things… Read More
Writers: Identify Your Target Audience
2019-07-11 15:00
Writers are busy creatures, apart from writing and editing, we’re continuously developing our brand and building our platform. We’re constantly striving to reach out and connect… Read More
2019-06-13 11:34
As writers, we need self-discipline, perseverance and an unwavering faith in our abilities. However, as writers, we will be plagued with self-doubt, procrastination and writers block. Today… Read More
How To Define Themes In Your Novels
2019-05-30 10:41
Under the surface of every story is a Theme. But what is a Theme? And how do we develop one for our novel? You may have already drafted the novel without much thought to Theme, and that&rsqu&hell…Read More
Differences Between Chapters And Scenes
2019-05-23 10:59
Chapters and scenes play different roles in a novel, and you’d be forgiven if you believed the two were one and the same. But they’re not! Whereas chapters are obvious in a novel… Read More
2019-05-16 10:29
Every writer has a different process, a different way of creating, and every story is unique in the way it’s told. What all of them have in common are basic structure rules. In this po… Read More
Six Superb Ways To End A Novel
2019-05-08 15:36
The ending of a novel needs to leave the reader satisfied and should reflect the pace and tone of the rest of the story. The truth is, endings are hard. The writer must conclude all subplots… Read More
2019-05-01 13:25
Passion fills us with a burning desire to create, to manifest, to complete the things that bring us joy. It’s the passion that drives love, allowing us to learn, grow and develop. But… Read More
2019-04-24 13:22
Writing is an art form, and all art forms have the ability to transform, inspire and motivate. It’s much more than conveying a story because woven into the fabric of a novel is the art… Read More
2019-04-18 12:30
Throughout everyone’s journey, there are hopes, aspirations, and dreams; and in order for any of those things to come to fruition, certain steps need to be taken to get to the chosen g… Read More

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