Welcome to RachelMcWrites.com, home of writer Rachel McCollin.

This site is a growing source of tips, resources, tutorials and videos designed to help you be successful as a writer.

Topics covered are:

Author Websites

Learn how to create a stunning author website with WordPress – without writing any code or spending a lot of money. Hook your website up to your mailing list provider and let people sign up for your newsletter without you having to lift a finger.

Writing (especially Plotting)

I’m firmly a member of the outliner camp. I pantsed my first book (in other words, I wrote it by the seat of my pants, with no outline or idea of where it was heading). It took me 15 years to finish it and I think that only 10% of the original book remains. Since then I’ve learned to plan – and have become more productive and better at storytelling. I’ll share my tips here.


I’ve put a lot of time and analysis into making myself more productive as a writer (you can find out about the novel I wrote in a week on my fiction site). Let me share what I’ve learned with you so you can adapt it for your own working style and write more, faster – without sacrificing quality.


I’m a proud independently published author and a member of ALLi – the Alliance of Independent Authors. I also write for their blog.

Publishing needn’t be hard. I share my tips, experiences and failures here – so you don’t have to repeat them!

I’m currently in the process of taking my books wide, which means they’ll no longer be exclusive to Amazon. I’ll be learning as I go along, and blogging about it regularly in the Wide Indie Author section of this site.

I don’t claim to be the world’s expert at any of this stuff. Like most authors, I’m learning as I go along. But hopefully, by sharing my experiences and showing how I’ve learned from my failures, I can help you to do this writing and publishing thing better than me.

You can follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook as rachelmcwrites. Please, share your own tips and thoughts about writing with me there – I’d love to hear from you.

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