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In praise of … iThoughts

iThoughts: intuitive, adaptable – and the pleasing graphics, ¬†colours and gentle sound effects give a nice little dopamine hit ūüėČ Continue reading

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Raising the stakes

I’ve become a teeny-weeny bit wary of writing exercises because they can¬†so easily become yet another excuse not to actually write. But there are exceptions! 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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Writing history: getting it right

The Prime Directive applies to writers of historical fiction as well as starship captains. We both have the power to change the face of history. Continue reading

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Hilary Mantel on the “deception” of empowering female characters in history

Characters should operate within the ethical framework of their day ‚Äď even if this shocks readers. Continue reading

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The problem with historical fiction

The¬†challenges of portraying the “strangeness” of a different era. Continue reading

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Back to basics

I’ve just done something I should have done two years ago; write my heroine’s back story. Continue reading

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Touchy-feely

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

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What’s in a name?

As I walk, I feel my heroine’s long skirt around my ankles. Continue reading

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