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Write what you know – make the rest up

There’s a long-standing premise that as writers we’re supposed to write about subjects we have a fair amount of interest in or knowledge of. This doesn’t mean that we have to write stories about ‘the day job,’ because, trust me, a blow by blow account of what I do for a living would make for a pretty dull read. What it does mean is that we use the knowledge acquired through our day job or hobbies to enrich our writing. Researching an unfamiliar subject is much easier now that we have the internet. The trouble is that when we actively...

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How a negative critique can provide useful feedback

After last week’s rant about negative and unhelpful feedback on creative writing, I thought I’d show you how to mine for diamonds in amongst the dross. In my critique group we read our work to each other, and this is the format that many creating writing groups choose because it’s interactive and offers an opportunity for constructive discussion. Group Dynamics: the Soul of Critique Every writer is respected no matter what their level of expertise Every project has worth. Every reader’s opinion is valid. Critique techniques will: Help the author distinguish what was conveyed versus what was meant Find strengths...

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Author Interview with Legendary Writing Part 5

The fifth and final part of my author interview with LegendaryWriting on Instagram, in which I answer the question: “What lessons did you learn writing this series that you’ll take with you into the rest of your writing career?” View this post on Instagram . – Q: What lessons did you learn writing this series that you'll take with you into the rest of your writing career? . – A: I worked alongside an American editor, who is well versed in British English. What I learnt from her is that not all people speak, or write, English in the same...

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Author Interview with Legendary Writing Part 4

The fourth part of my author interview with LegendaryWriting on Instagram, in which I answer the question: “What challenges have you faced writing the Jake Talbot series and how have you overcome them?” View this post on Instagram . – Q: What challenges have you faced writing the Jake Talbot series and how have you overcome them? . – A: I think one of my biggest challenges came when writing Visiting Lilly and needing to get the time-line accurate. I wasn’t writing flashbacks, but people in the story do constantly refer to the past and how old various people were...

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Author Interview with Legendary Writing Part 3

The third part of my author interview with LegendaryWriting on Instagram, in which I answer the question : “In the summary of Visiting Lilly it mentions time travel as a possibility. What kind of world does this take place in?” View this post on Instagram . – Q: In the summary of Visiting Lilly it mentions time travel as a possibility. What kind of world does this take place in? . – A: Visiting Lilly take place in England in the present time, our time. Personally, I don’t classify it as science fiction; I see it more as exploring the...

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Author Interview with Legendary Writing Part 2

The second part of my author interview with LegendaryWriting on Instagram in which I answer the question: “I’ve read a bit of your book and you’re very good at writing dialogue. What advice would you give to writers who want to write convincing dialogue?” View this post on Instagram . – Q: I've read a bit of your book and you're very good at writing dialogue. What advice would you give to writers who want to write convincing dialogue? . – A: The only way to write good dialogue is to be a good listener. Listen to your friends and...

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Why I’m reheating a novel

When I was being published by Booktrope my writing life took a different turn than I’d envisaged. We agreed that I should build on my characters Jake Talbot and Frankie Hayward to create a series, in which Finding Louisa will be book 3. I have yet another plotline devised for my two heroes, so I could write a fourth book, but I’ve decided to set them aside for a while. My reasoning for this is simple. I’d like to pitch fresh work out to publishing houses and agents, but I feel it’ll be more difficult to attract their attention if...

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5 reasons to include weather in storytelling

Here in England we’ve had a pretty dynamic week – and I’m not talking about Brexit. With almost fifty percent of voters wanting to remain but the exit voters winning, I’m now living in a country divided by political opinion. It’s impossible to open my mouth and say anything without the other person having an opposing reaction to the referendum result, so it’s wiser, much wiser, for me to keep my thoughts to myself. Hence, I’m going to talk about the other British obsession, the weather. In the past fortnight we’ve had rain, rain and more rain. We’ve had floods,...

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How I use genealogy and research to name my characters

Sometimes the muse visits while writing and the perfect name for a character springs to mind. However, most of the time that pesky muse is on holiday, basking on distant shores and refusing to pack her bags and return home to help out a poor struggling writer. So, what do I do when I’m stuck for the right name? I have two main tools in my writer’s kit bag: I steal a name I do research to find the perfect name How I go about stealing a name for my character. Rest assured that I don’t walk around asking random...

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Stuck for what to write about? Try this.

People often ask where I get my ideas from, but as a writer it isn’t always the entire storyline that’s my focus. Just like many other writers I’m a people watcher, an observer of human behaviour – yes,  I’m downright nosey. This is all well and good for character studies, so that I can create well-rounded protagonists or villains, but what about the objects and locations my star cast interact with? What does the stage-set look like? Paying attention to the incidental things in life is vital when writing a longer piece – in fact, when writing any piece of...