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Best left unsaid?

A skilful writer can leave much unsaid – because she trusts her reader. Continue reading

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Why Journey’s End didn’t make me cry

The one thing I think I feared was that Journey’s End would be given the Blackadder treatment. 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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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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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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Touchy-feely

A useful exercise which probably helped tighten up my writing. 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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