Category Archives: editing

making changes to a draft to optimise pace, continuity and word choice, whilst respecting plot and style

Getting started with beta readers

If a friend offers to read your book, smile sadly and explain at length what an onerous and tedious task this would be. Continue reading

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Accepting the inevitable

I’ve now accepted the inevitable. I’m writing a love story. Continue reading

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In praise of … BetaBooks

Joining BetaBooks was a game-changer in my embryonic career; the moment when I came out as a writer and actually let people read my story. Continue reading

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Less is more

My original aim was to write a feminist social history of early 20th century England focusing on the contribution of militant suffragists with additional modules on rural deprivation, mental illness, and temperate climate horticultural. Continue reading

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Aristotle, Cinderella, and the Three Act Structure

The Three Act Structure is¬†one of those writery rules we should know – even if we’re going to be terrible brave and alternative and break it. Continue reading

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Question time

Writing your Bestseller by Bernard Cornwell, Historical Novel Society (1997!) I seem to get something new out of this article every time I come across it on Twitter. Today, I focused in on Cornwall’s advice on story-telling: Every good story … Continue reading

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Despair and despondency 

These summer months were supposed to be a time of editing and elaboration, fact-checking and polishing but with every book and blog I read I feel a growing sense of inadequacy and futility. Continue reading

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Touchy-feely

A useful exercise which probably helped tighten up my writing. Continue reading

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Editing for Beginners

I’m editing for plot and pace, continuity and cohesion, balance and beauty. Continue reading

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