Category Archives: the writing process

making it happen: techniques, tips and tricks gleaned from experts and experience

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

Unbloat your plot and “whisper something beautiful”. Continue reading

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Ten rules for writing fiction 2

Writing novels means the crafty, patient, selfless construction of effects. Continue reading

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Ten rules for writing fiction 1

The first 12 years are the worse. Continue reading

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Not an Expert!

In the end I don’t think it actually rained at all – but thinking about rain got me writing again. Continue reading

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The Beginning of the End

The private, special, potent months of pregnancy are over and the kid’s arrived and it’s time to man up. Continue reading

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The blank page 

Even writing quick and dirty still leaves one facing each day that ultimate horror, the blank page. So here’s a trick I worked out whilst writing my thesis (on inter-professional learning on the labour ward; interesting but irrelevant for present … Continue reading

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Writing dirty

Most of it is not even sentences – just notes, words, snatches of overheard conversation. Continue reading

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In parenthesis and other tricks

One day I will apply this trick to a fast-paced contemporary hospital story. How much fun would that be? Continue reading

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Show not tell, Archers style

I let my heroine do what we do in real life; feel and react. Continue reading

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