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  • 7 Writing Competitions to Enter Before New Year by Jessica Barrah

    7 Writing Competitions to Enter Before New Year by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-12-15

    It’s almost the end of the year, but you’ve still got a few days left to enter a writing competition, and be a winner in 2016. Maybe you’ve already got a piece of writing that you could send off without much tweaking – or maybe it’s a good excuse to avoid another game of charades, hide in your study, and write a brand new story?

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  • Quotations About Friends And Family by Jessica Barrah

    Quotations About Friends And Family by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-12-15

    Christmas is the one time of year that friends and family make a special effort to all get together. We’ve brought together some quotations about friends and family – and it’s notable that a lot of authors have emphasised that ‘family’ doesn’t have to mean only those people that are related by blood.

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  • 10 Extraordinary Book Facts by Jessica Barrah

    10 Extraordinary Book Facts by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-12-06

    Printed books are what we do here at CompletelyNovel – we can print anything from one copy to thousands. Everything from the cover art, the length of the book and the price you set is up to you. But what’s the most expensive book in the world? Or the longest one? We take a look at some record breaking books.

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  • Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Quotations for the Party Season by Jessica Barrah

    Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Quotations for the Party Season by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-12-05

    To celebrate the start of Party Season, we’ve gathered some quotations from famous writers about eating, drinking, and being merry. John Steinbeck said "It is generally understood that a party hardly ever goes the way it is planned or intended” but whatever happens, we hope you have a good time.

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  • 4 Ways To Keep Writing Through Seasonal Stress by Jessica Barrah

    4 Ways To Keep Writing Through Seasonal Stress by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-11-24

    Many people lead very busy lives, juggling work and family commitments. Fitting writing into your schedule can be harder than fitting your tummy into your trousers after a delicious festive dinner, particularly at this time of year. Gearing up for the holiday season it can be easy to feel stressed. Fear not, my friends! Here’s our wintry writer’s guide to coping.

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  • 12 Quotations about Gratitude by Jessica Barrah

    12 Quotations about Gratitude by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-11-21

    Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be just for those in the USA. Great writers and thinkers from all over have penned beautiful lines about gratitude. Taking a moment to give thanks for the good things in our lives, and even recognising that the bad things have been a part of the journey can help us develop as writers. Here are 12 quotations all about being thankful.

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  • 4 Tips for Writing Your Memoir by Jessica Barrah

    4 Tips for Writing Your Memoir by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-11-09

    We’re called ‘CompletelyNovel’ but that doesn’t mean we only publish fiction. Many of the most successful of our self-publishing authors have written about an aspect of their own life, for example their travels, a personal project or family history. Writing a memoir can be a great way to share your life story with your friends and family and printed copies can also be a lovely gift.

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  • 10 Quotations About Remembrance by Jessica Barrah

    10 Quotations About Remembrance by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-11-07

    To mark Armistice Day on 11th November, and Remembrance Sunday on the 13th November, we’ve collated ten quotations about remembering.

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  • How to Become a Better and Faster Self-Published Author by Jessica Barrah

    How to Become a Better and Faster Self-Published Author by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-10-25

    Getting published in today’s world is a daunting task. In many cases you’ll probably need an agent, and you’ll get rejected more times than you count. Self publishing seems like the easiest route, but it requires just as much work, if not more, to get noticed. Matt Banner from OnBlastBlog offers some tips and strategies for becoming a better and more efficient writer.

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  • How to Write A Novel In A Month by Jessica Barrah

    How to Write A Novel In A Month by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-10-24

    When November comes around, thoughts turn to Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, and growing facial hair for charity (althought that’s usually exclusively for men). However, for writers, it’s NaNoWriMo , or National Novel Writing Month.

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