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‘I like writing to feel like the striving for an utterly accurate record of a pin-sharp memory’

‘I like writing to feel like the striving for an utterly accurate record of a pin-sharp memory’ How do you decide whether to write in first, second or third person? I’ve always written in the […]

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‘If you want to shake up your writing, why not consider using a neglected perspective – second person’

Consider using a neglected perspective – second person from Write Short Stories by Zoe Fairbairns   As you inserted the key into the lock, you were hoping it would stick. That would have allowed you […]

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‘The more you read, the more scope you see for experimenting’

The more you read, the more scope you see for experimenting. There’s no short cut, I’m afraid. A writer’s style develops through two (lifelong!) habits: reading and writing. The more you read, the more scope […]

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‘Establish where the narrator stands in relation to the events of your story’

Establish where the narrator stands in relation to the events of your story from Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction by Emma Darwin   Narrators The basic choice you have to make, right at the beginning […]

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‘I often find the best voices choose stories only they could tell.’

I often find the best voices choose stories only they could tell. What makes a confident voice? I often say that, of the debut novels sent to me, I am drawn to those with a […]

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‘Writing in the first person is like putting on a pair of old slippers. They’re comfortable, but you can’t go everywhere in them’

Writing in the first person is like putting on a pair of old slippers. They’re comfortable, but you can’t go everywhere in them. How do I decide to write in first, second or third person? […]

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‘The only rule about the use of viewpoint and tense is that there is no rule’

The only rule about the use of viewpoint and tense is that there is no rule from Get Started in Writing a Novel by Nigel Watts & Stephen May     If a particular technique […]

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‘Create a special world for your fiction’

Writing from the place of your special world. from Complete Creative Writing Course by Chris Sykes All genres have their own ‘special world’ that immediately characterizes the stories in the genre of science fiction, murder […]

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‘Pick up an idea and look at it from every angle’

Science Fiction: try the swivel… from Get Started in Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy by Adam Roberts Science Fiction writers sometimes have to generate ideas for individual commissions, where the parameters are specified. This, however, […]

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‘There must be very high physical stakes for the victim for a crime novel to work’

The four central requirements of crime fiction from Masterclass: Writing Crime Fiction by Rosemary Rowe What is crime fiction? There is no single answer and even the classic types of this richly diverse genre – from […]

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‘Playing to your strengths instead of trying to make yourself “fit” will help your writing be authentic’

There are established conventions within each genre, (such as crime, sci-fi, romance etc.) and it’s well worth researching these genres to see what’s expected. Once you know the rules, you can decide whether to follow […]

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‘You can only challenge or break the rules of each genre when you know what they are’

How do I write in my chosen genre? I trust my instincts when it comes to crafting layers of suspense. Where to start or end each chapter, for instance. I also read a lot of […]

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