Inside Ink and Insights: Top 3 Writing Mistakes I See In My Inbox and How to Avoid Them

Great advice from an Ink & Insights Top Judge.

Pages Unforgotten

After reading manyInk and Insights’ submissions in the last 3+ years, there are a few writing mistakes that constantly crop up. They can be easy to miss when you’re caught up in the moment of, ya know, getting your story down.

Avoiding these three writing mistakes can help in creating a more solid, active story, with improved flow. What are they? Let’s get into it:

1. Pacing Is Off

Pacing sets the tone for your story. You know exactly what I mean even if you think you don’t. For example, when you start a book, or a TV show, you already know if you’re going to keep going based on the pace. It’s something we don’t really think about, but this one thing determines our initial feelings about a story within the first few pages/minutes.

Knowing how you want your story structured, will aid with consistent pacing. Ever noticed…

View original post 1,092 more words

Inside Ink and Insights: What This Judge Wants

A new blog post from one of our TOP judges.

Pages Unforgotten

Fortune shone on me as my mum read to me nightly. I’m sure this is where my love of reading began and would one day lead me to reading and judging for the Ink and Insights writing competition. *Pause for effect.*

Okay, I made that much more dramatic than it is, but there is some truth to it. Reading a lot led to writing, editing, and content development. The competition is another branch of this progress ^_^.


You’ve got the background, now here’s a little insider info – Ink and Insights’ judges are given a list of preference choices for genre, age category, etc. We’re then able to let the competition’s organisers know what we love/like, what we’re okay with but would rather not read, and what we definitely don’t want to read. This is a great system as it means each judge is paired with submissions best suited to…

View original post 930 more words

A Tale of Two Opinions

- By Ink & Insights judge: Nic Tatano   We all know that pretty much everything about writing talent is subjective. Everyone has picked up a bestseller and thought about tossing it through a window like Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook when he got fed up with Hemingway. And there’s the book that never…