• Editing,  News,  Writing

    Launching: Story Doctoring

    Part-course, part-mentorship! Work one-on-one with Libby M Iriks and learn how you can improve your manuscript! CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve toiled away for months on end, years even, and have finally completed a manuscript. You’ve celebrated and basked in the euphoria that comes with achieving such a feat, and you’ve dreamed about seeing your story published. But although you’ve written “The End”, you know you are far from finished. You know you have to edit and revise your manuscript, but you’re not sure where to start. What do you cut? What do you keep? And just how are you going to improve your story? Revising a manuscript can be a daunting and…

  • News,  Writing

    Launching: Short Story Masterclass

    Work one-on-one with Libby M Iriks and learn how to pen a kick-arse short story! Have you ever sat down to write a short story, thinking it’s got to be easier than writing an entire novel, only to produce a lacklustre piece that fails to impact readers in the way you were hoping? Well, I hear you. We’ve all been there. But the reason your story may have failed to impress is that storytelling, and short story writing in particular, is an art form. It takes time to master. Short stories might contain less words than a novel, but that doesn’t mean it takes less skill to engage and satisfy the reader.…

  • Editing,  Writing

    The writing and editing process

    When witnessing other writers advertising their newest release have you ever wondered “How on earth did they write and publish that book so quickly? Why can’t I do the same?” Well, I hear you! In this wonderful world of social media, we so often see the end result. We see the cover reveals and the author’s glowing smile as they hold their book in their hands, but we don’t always see what goes on behind their closed office doors. We don’t see all the hard work that goes into bringing a manuscript to a publishable standard. So today, I’m revealing the steps it took for me to write and edit…

  • Editing,  Grammar

    Grammar Lesson: Verb Tenses

    Knowing which verb tenses to use can get tricky. If someone were to you ask you which tense you used for a specific action in your manuscript, would you know how to answer? I’m writing the action in first-person point of view, present continuous tense. She wrote the action in third-person point of view, past simple tense. And you will have written the action in second-person point of view, future perfect tense. Say whaaaaaat? The importance of tenses Knowing which verb tense to use is incredibly important in fiction. Why? Because if the wrong tense is used, it will leave the reader feeling confused and can pull them from the…