Monthly Archives: September 2012

Cuthbert Collingwood

Name ring a bell? Probably not. Everyone’s heard of Admiral Nelson, but few know the name of his old friend and second-in-command Admiral Collingwood. But they should. Being interested in naval history I already knew a bit about him, but … Continue reading

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Origins of Sayings

I came across this one on a ghost hunting programme (!) I saw recently involving a very old, supposedly haunted bed. The bed itself was a very old, crudely made one. Instead of a solid base or wooden slats beneath … Continue reading

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Covering Letters

After discussing synopses recently, it seemed appropriate to add a bit about covering letters. Isn’t it strange how such a little thing as an accompanying letter can cause so much trepidation! But it’s understandable, because this is where the ‘judging’ … Continue reading

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Origins of words and sayings

Among the many scraps of paper in my bulging folder of ideas for future writing projects is one for a novel set in Anglo-Saxon England, and some research I was doing recently gave me an idea for today’s posting. There … Continue reading

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The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte

I’ve just finished reading this book by one of my favourite authors – Daphne Du Maurier. Unlike her more famous book, this is a biography and explores the life of one of the least known of the Brontes. The whole … Continue reading

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Synopsis Writing

Synopses can be tricky to write, and they cause a lot of headaches among new writers. My main advice is to keep it short and factual. Put yourself in the position of an editor, agent, or someone employed by them … Continue reading

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Ferney

I’ve just finished this unusual and interesting novel and I strongly recommend it. I love any well written story that involves time travel, timeslips and so on, and this is a variation on that theme because, without giving too much … Continue reading

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Dickens’ Character Names

I’ve mentioned my Victorian detective novel Murder in Montague Place previously, which should be out in December and because the detective in it is Inspector Bucket from Bleak House, when I was writing it I was determined to try to … Continue reading

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Origins of Sayings

For a change, today’s saying has nothing to do with the old days of sail and in fact isn’t a saying at all but a name. Specifically, we are talking about a bird from the thrush family called a wheatear. … Continue reading

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Characterisation

I’d say creating characters that seem real and believable is one of the hardest things to do in fiction writing. I came across some advice very early on in my writing career on this topic, and I’ve never forgotten it. … Continue reading

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