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Does it Matter if Novels Aren’t Plausible?

Does anyone care about plausibility in novels anymore? Or are readers just so hungry for twist upon twist, they don’t mind how improbable this renders the story line?   Read a book like ‘Gone Girl’ and you could well believe … Continue reading

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Writing for No-one

Writers are often told they should keep a journal. I imagine a writer’s journal to be something erudite and practical: the exposition of process, working through problems and strategies, accruing material and ideas. I’ve never written a journal like this. … Continue reading

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Season of Hope

Right now is my absolute  favourite time of the year. I love it. Whilst people around me are bemoaning the passing of summer and the return to school runs, stews and soggy weather, I’m relishing the absence of barbecues, bared flesh and … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Escape

For the past couple of summers I have taken myself off to the wonderful Retreats for You for some dedicated writing time. Here I was given a room, a writing desk, good food, drink and company. This year, however, I … Continue reading

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Top Ten Sins Committed By Literary Agents

As a writer seeking representation, I have paid much attention to agents’ advice as to how I should conduct myself. I am well aware of the heinous sins that the aspiring author must not commit. Thou shalt not, for example, submit sample … Continue reading

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On Being an (Unpublished) Writer

Right now, I am in writers’ limbo, a land where I must seek and wait. So far I can report that I have received some very nice comments from agents, but as yet no offers of representation. I know the … Continue reading

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Writers and Artists Blog

Just posted another guest blog on this excellent website for writers. This time all about the etiquette surrounding multiple submissions. Read it here.

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How to Get a Clear Perspective on your Manuscript

I have actually lost count of how many times I’ve revised my manuscript. It makes no sense to talk in terms of numbers of drafts any more. I’ve made minor alterations and I’ve done full scale re-writes. I’ve made changes … Continue reading

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Are Agents Fobbing Me Off?

When an agent gives you the old, ‘This has great potential, but I’m afraid it’s just not for me,’ routine, what do they really mean? Isn’t it just another get out clause? Isn’t it just one step up from the … Continue reading

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Write What You Read

As I start to think about my next novel and what kind of book it might be, I remember the advice meted out by a lecturer on my MA. She recommended trying to write, not the kind of book you … Continue reading

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