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On writing only what you know

The best way to end up with something dead on the page? Write only what you know. 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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In praise of … iThoughts

iThoughts: intuitive, adaptable – and the pleasing graphics,  colours and gentle sound effects give a nice little dopamine hit 😉 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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No, it’s not easy!

ar that I have “lost it”. I gaze into space, go for runs, tidy kitchen drawers – anything some days rather than write! Continue reading

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Dirty drafting

The beauty of this method is the lack of pressure to be perfect; perfection only creeps in by degrees much later. 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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What readers want from historical fiction

My job is to tell a bloody good story set in a world that conveys “a sense of historical truth”. 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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