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How to Develop Characters That Live and Breathe #writing

Some books contain unforgettable characters. Those that spring to mind for me straightaway are Cormoran Strike in the Robert Galbraith novels, Lila and Lenu in My Brilliant Friend, Anne of Green Gables, Miss Jean Brodie, Scarlett O’Hara, D’Artagnan and the three Musketeers. The characters in these books are almost like real people to me. I have…… Continue reading How to Develop Characters That Live and Breathe #writing

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Three essentials for creating page-turning tension in your novel #amwriting #writetip

Creating a page-turning read is the topic for this month’s Round Robin… How do you develop the tension every story needs to keep the reader involved? This is such an excellent question. There are so many elements to this that at first I felt overwhelmed. Then I decided to follow my own advice in a…… Continue reading Three essentials for creating page-turning tension in your novel #amwriting #writetip

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How to edit the first draft of your novel (without crying and deleting it) #writetip

You’ve finished your first draft and typed ‘The End’. If you’re anything like me, you’ll feel a massive sense of achievement, along with relief. But then you start to read it over, and with a sinking heart you realise it’s utter rubbish. You force yourself to stop panicking. Of course it’s rubbish – that’s what…… Continue reading How to edit the first draft of your novel (without crying and deleting it) #writetip

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How do you encourage children to read?

Another month and another Authors’ Round Robin! And this month the topic is… How do you encourage children to read? When I was a child I read voraciously. To be honest, I probably read a bit too much. You may think that’s not possible, but there is a whole big world for children to explore…… Continue reading How do you encourage children to read?

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Differently wired: the unique perspective of autistic author James Christie

Author James Christie once made a remarkable journey from his home in Glasgow, travelling all the way across the States to Hollywood by Greyhound.  The purpose of his journey was to meet Juliet Landau, one of the stars of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the reason the trip was so extraordinary is because for James, coping with…… Continue reading Differently wired: the unique perspective of autistic author James Christie

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Writing is rewriting: how to be brave and persevere

I have to confess this month hasn’t been a good writing month for me. I’ve started a new novel and I’m about 30,000 words in. A few agents have seen it already, and their comments have all been along the lines of ‘stick with it’, ‘well written’, and one actually said, ‘the opening is brilliant’.…… Continue reading Writing is rewriting: how to be brave and persevere

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Five photos that show how a writer’s voice evolved

Author Sharon Booth – member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and fellow Yorkshire lass – has a series of posts on her blog this year inviting writers to share five photos that mean something to them. The authors’ posts have been fascinating, funny and moving. When it came to my turn to take part, I…… Continue reading Five photos that show how a writer’s voice evolved