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While the kids are sleeping…

is Natasha Lester’s blog. I’m the author of two books, What is Left Over, After and If I Should Lose You and a mum to 3 kids. Hence the blog title – I write while the kids are sleeping. My blog …

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natasha-lester2

While the kids are sleeping…

is Natasha Lester’s blog. I’m the author of two books, What is Left Over, After and If I Should Lose You and a mum to 3 kids. Hence the blog title – I write while the kids are sleeping. My blog …

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Why you shouldn't give up writing your book

On Giving Up: It’s Easy to Stop Writing Your Book, But Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

At some point in their writing journey, every writer feels like giving up. I certainly have. So has every other writer I’ve spoken to. But there’s a big difference between thinking about giving up and actually giving up. I hope

Why you shouldn't give up writing your book

On Giving Up: It’s Easy to Stop Writing Your Book, But Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

At some point in their writing journey, every writer feels like giving up. I certainly have. So has every other writer I’ve spoken to. But there’s a big difference between thinking about giving up and actually giving up. I hope

How to get readers to care about your main character

What happens when people don’t like the main character in your book?

Have you ever read a book that you liked, but you just didn’t love? You’re not sure why, and then it strikes you: you don’t care enough about what happens to the main character. If they fell off a tall building

How to get readers to care about your main character

What happens when people don’t like the main character in your book?

Have you ever read a book that you liked, but you just didn’t love? You’re not sure why, and then it strikes you: you don’t care enough about what happens to the main character. If they fell off a tall building

A book chain beginning at Burial Rites

A bookish game we can all play

Our minds make connections in strange and wonderful ways. I’m sure we’ve all had the experience of thinking about one thing, only to find, a couple of minutes later, that we’re thinking about something else entirely. But there was a

A book chain beginning at Burial Rites

A bookish game we can all play

Our minds make connections in strange and wonderful ways. I’m sure we’ve all had the experience of thinking about one thing, only to find, a couple of minutes later, that we’re thinking about something else entirely. But there was a

Why ideas are important in the writing process

Manage your story ideas better to help you make the most of your writing time

I hope your writing week has been filled with lots of words! If it hasn’t, never fear. I’m here to help. Here is post No. 4 in my Getting Started series and it’s all about methods for collecting your story

Why ideas are important in the writing process

Manage your story ideas better to help you make the most of your writing time

I hope your writing week has been filled with lots of words! If it hasn’t, never fear. I’m here to help. Here is post No. 4 in my Getting Started series and it’s all about methods for collecting your story

Hello Book Lovers!Welcome to Natasha

Welcome Book Clubbers! We’re Discussing 2 Big Books This Month …

Okay, so I set myself an enormous challenge last month. For this month’s book club, I was going to discuss the Booker Prize winning The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton and The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Have you

Hello Book Lovers!Welcome to Natasha

Welcome Book Clubbers! We’re Discussing 2 Big Books This Month …

Okay, so I set myself an enormous challenge last month. For this month’s book club, I was going to discuss the Booker Prize winning The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton and The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Have you

The Power of Writing Prompts

The Power of Writing Prompts + Free Writing Prompt Giveaway!

People are often surprised when I tell them I still use writing exercises and prompts when I’m writing a book. There’s a perception that writing exercises and prompts are used by new writers and that writers who’ve written a book

The Power of Writing Prompts

The Power of Writing Prompts + Free Writing Prompt Giveaway!

People are often surprised when I tell them I still use writing exercises and prompts when I’m writing a book. There’s a perception that writing exercises and prompts are used by new writers and that writers who’ve written a book

10 THINGS I NEED BEFORE I WRITE A  BOOK

The 10 Things I Must Have Before I Start Writing a New Book

As a follow-on from my last post, which listed my Top 10 Tips To Help You Get Your Book Written in 2014, this week is all about the things I must have as a writer before I sit down to

10 THINGS I NEED BEFORE I WRITE A  BOOK

The 10 Things I Must Have Before I Start Writing a New Book

As a follow-on from my last post, which listed my Top 10 Tips To Help You Get Your Book Written in 2014, this week is all about the things I must have as a writer before I sit down to

10 Tips To Help You Avoid This

How to Get Your Book Written in 2014

I wrote an article in my last newsletter in which I shared my top 10 tips to help aspiring writers make sure that 2014 is the year they get their book written. I’ve had lots of people ask me to

10 Tips To Help You Avoid This

How to Get Your Book Written in 2014

I wrote an article in my last newsletter in which I shared my top 10 tips to help aspiring writers make sure that 2014 is the year they get their book written. I’ve had lots of people ask me to

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Why You Should Use Scapple for Brainstorming Your Book

A while ago I mentioned I had started playing around with Scapple, a brainstorming app from Literature and Latte, the makers of my favourite piece of writing software, Scrivener. Given how much I love Scrivener, I had high hopes hopes

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Why You Should Use Scapple for Brainstorming Your Book

A while ago I mentioned I had started playing around with Scapple, a brainstorming app from Literature and Latte, the makers of my favourite piece of writing software, Scrivener. Given how much I love Scrivener, I had high hopes hopes

Welcome to Book Club!

Welcome to My New Book Club!

I love chatting to people about books. And I’m sure most of you love chatting about books too. So, brand new for this year, I’ve created a Video Book Club! Each month I’ll record a short video where I talk about

Welcome to Book Club!

Welcome to My New Book Club!

I love chatting to people about books. And I’m sure most of you love chatting about books too. So, brand new for this year, I’ve created a Video Book Club! Each month I’ll record a short video where I talk about