Monthly Archives: May 2012

Run-on Sentences

Most of us don’t give much thought to the humble comma. It’s just something we scatter about when the moment feels right, isn’t it? But as a result it has become what Bill Bryson (whose Troublesome Words is one of … Continue reading

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The Influence of Film and TV on Writing

In my recent posting about POV I mentioned how I thought the term had perhaps been borrowed from scriptwriting, and said I’d explore how modern fiction is maybe influenced by  film and TV techniques. What I had in mind more … Continue reading

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At this time of the year for several years a blackbird with a surprisingly loud voice has been driving me mad by waking me up at a ridculous hour with his singing close to my bedroom window. Yesterday I saw … Continue reading

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Manuscript Presentation

I still prefer the old-fashioned ‘manuscript’ to the modern ‘typescript’ (which, technically speaking perhaps should have evolved once more into ‘printscript’ anyway!) Although I was always took some care with the way I set my manuscript out before submitting, it … Continue reading

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My Greatest Hits

I still haven’t quite figured this blogging lark out and it’s taken me this long to get round to adding an extra page shamelessly publicising my books. Anyway, it is now unveiled to the world – see the tab at … Continue reading

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POV

The latest of my occasional reflections on the problems I most often come across when critiquing manuscripts concerns POV or point of view, also commonly called viewpoint. I’m pretty sure the writing world has stolen the term POV from the … Continue reading

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Agent-speak

The following witty euphamisms were passed to me by Hilary Johnson whose Authors’ Advisory Service I freelance for. Most of them, I believe, came from tweets from or to the literary agent Jonny Geller: We don’t have sales numbers yet– … Continue reading

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