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Dialogue that works

I am reading an upper middle grade novel – The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathon Stroud – and I’m loving it. There’s loads of action, intriguing characters, fun, magic and Bartimaeus (pictured here) has a brilliant voice. What I’m picking … Continue reading

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The perks of point of view

Do you enjoy holidays with your family? I don’t mean your mom and dad family, but your uncle and aunt and cousin family? Personally, I do. There are several reasons for this. First, I am very interested and fascinated by … Continue reading

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Mirror, mirror – 5 perspectives on character description

I’ve recently read all three of Gillian Flynn’s novels (Sharp Objects, Dark Places and Gone Girl) and I’d recommend them all. Great plots, nasty characters and some excellent writing. I’ve been particularly struck by the way she paints vivid physical … Continue reading

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A spot of rule breaking…

I’ve just finished reading Jennifer Egan’s prize-winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad and what I particularly liked about it was that it’s not a traditional novel in terms of character, structure or plot. I’m not sure that it … Continue reading

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50 shades of character

So for book club this month we are reading 50 Shades of Grey. And what strikes me about it (no pun intended!) – from the point of view of a writer interested in where stories come from and what we … Continue reading

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Starting with summary

‘I have never looked into my sister’s eyes. I have never bathed alone. I have never stood in the grass at night and raised my arms to a beguiling moon. I’ve never used an airplane bathroom. Or slept through the … Continue reading

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If you want to write – read

I’ve heard it said in writing classes and read it in many books on writing: if you want to write well you need to read widely. This truth of this is perhaps obvious, but at the same time I’ve found … Continue reading

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