Monthly Archives: April 2012

Openings 2

‘I’m bored!‘ said Billy Badger. This point applies mostly to children’s writing. There’s technically nothing wrong with starting a story or novel with ‘I’m bored’/Billy Badger was bored – but it’s been done to death and probably won’t get you … Continue reading

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Openings

Drifting into Exposition Rock Flint┬ámoved out of the shadows as Maloney walked by, and tapped him on the shoulder. ‘We need to talk, Mickey.” ‘Sure, Rock,‘ replied the crook. But even before the words were out he was reaching into … Continue reading

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Secrets of a critic

A few of my countless followers will be aware that I work as a freelance for a number of writers’ advisory services. Every manuscript that comes my way is different, but I’ve noticed that certain familiar problems crop up time … Continue reading

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Emily Bronte

I’m fascinated – almost obsessed – with the whole Bronte family even though, strange to say, I’m not the biggest fan of their writing. I’ve read and re-read Juliet Barker’s The Brontes and it remains the best biography I’ve ever … Continue reading

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Bradshaw’s Guide

I mentioned in a previous post getting a copy of Bradshaw’s Guide, the Victorian travellers’ guide to Britain by rail. I was inspired to buy one after enjoying Great British Railway Journeys on BBC 2. It’s a great dip-in book! … Continue reading

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Empire of the Summer Moon

I read a couple of books while I was in Cornwall. One was One Day in September, a really good account of the terrorist attack on the Munich Olympics in 1972 and the almost unbelievable bungling by the German authorities … Continue reading

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My one indulgence…

…a little writer’s retreat in Polruan, Cornwall – my favourite place in the world. Lovely weather – and got in lots of writing. I’m working on a detective/whodunit for older children/teens and I was feeling a bit negative about it, … Continue reading

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