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6 of the best charming and sympathetic literary villains

It’s almost the end of June already and time for this month’s authors’ Round Robin. I’ve based my post on a topic set by author Dr Bob Rich. Something that comes up quite often when I’m editing for other writers is whether characters are ‘likeable’. In many ways it’s easier to write a villain, because…… Continue reading 6 of the best charming and sympathetic literary villains

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Editing Tips: How to Focus Your Story and Keep Readers Turning the Pages

In my work as a fiction editor I often give writers the same piece of advice: focus, focus, focus on your core story. There, I said ‘focus’ three times. And here’s an image of someone focusing, too. That’s how important I think it is! What do I mean by ‘focus on the story’? Well, a…… Continue reading Editing Tips: How to Focus Your Story and Keep Readers Turning the Pages

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The tragic life of the Brontë sisters, and new photos of the parsonage at Haworth

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ll know I live in West Yorkshire, not far from Haworth and the home of the Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne. I’ve visited the Brontë parsonage many times. Every time I discover something new, and I always come away with another perspective on this extraordinary family. With each…… Continue reading The tragic life of the Brontë sisters, and new photos of the parsonage at Haworth

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Choosing the point of view for your story and keeping it consistent

It’s the first authors’ Round Robin of the year, and another thought-provoking topic for me, both as a writer and an editor. Whose point of view do you like to use when writing your novels? And do you switch between characters? If so, how? I’ve actually been thinking a lot recently about how other writers…… Continue reading Choosing the point of view for your story and keeping it consistent