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“This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” Neil Gaiman

Every writer, even the famous ones, and especially me, knows what it’s like to get stuck: a character that’s not fully formed yet, a stilted piece of dialogue, a setting that isn’t completely visualised, a plot twist that isn’t packing enough punch.

The initial enthusiasm for your manuscript has all but dissipated and you’re losing heart. It feels like a slog and you’re on the point of giving up. Don’t! A blank page need not be a road to nowhere. Here are our 5 top tips for staying motivated and in control of your creativity while you work on your novel.

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