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Notes from my editor

Monday was one of those nail-biting days. An email arrived with the first thoughts from my editor. She’s quite a big deal name in commercial fiction, so I’d been ready for a mauling. I expected her to brand my efforts as a mismatched jumble of bad ideas and inept delivery. Thankfully the broadside was gentle, […]

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The pure hell of writing a synopsis

Nobody likes writing a synopsis. How about if I told you it could actually help you create a better book?

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When leopards change their spots

What happens when you decide to change the personality of a supporting character midway through writing?

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Putting the rom into com

When is the right time to reveal that your comedy has a romantic twist? When is it too soon and how do you avoid the cliches?

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It’s all about me – writing in the first person

How practical is it to write a novel in the first person. How do you avoid ‘head hopping’?

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Writing Tip #2 – Five red flags for writers

Some words should be an automatic red flag to a writer. The second you find yourself typing, writing or otherwise using them, a voice inside ought to scream stop. Here are five that I watch out for. Search your works in progress and eliminate at will.

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Writing Tip #1 – Pump up the volume

All too often the temptation when writing is there to have a character do something other than simply ‘say’ their words. It’s a topic to which I’ll return later, but there is certainly some scope to use a few more descriptive words (such as whisper, mutter or whine) now and then. Just don’t go overboard. […]

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Book blurb

After many edits and the joy of a focus group, the blurb seems to be ready … Caitlin Allen knows that marrying her childhood sweetheart is nothing more than a form of distraction. It’s a fairytale wedding, but when the music stops she’ll turn and run. Bored of her life, Cait dumps a nine-to-five routine […]

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Getting off the writer’s block

The biggest cause of writer’s block for me is not knowing the characters well enough. I can have the storyline planned to the finest detail, but if I don’t know the people well enough, it won’t work.

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Shameless plug for my short story compilation

There are few things that excite me less than raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. These are not a few of my favourite things. Short story compilations are another thing.

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