Monthly Archives: January 2014

Writing Crime FIction – Tip Number 43

Dead bodies must always be discovered… If outdoors, by someone walking their dog         2. If indoors, by a woman who screams very loudly (and preferably carrying a tea tray, which she must drop)       … Continue reading

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Origins of Words and Phrases

Regular viewer’s of Michael Portillo’s excellent Great British Railway Journeys may already be familiar with today’s offering – because that’s where I’ve stolen it from. Around 1617 (which is just after quarter-past four by my calculations – quite how they … Continue reading

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Submissions

I’m sure I’ve passed on a little advice about submitting to agents and editors before, but a recent MS I received through one of the writing agencies I work for prompted me to make a few of observations: Don’t fasten … Continue reading

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“I’m on my way…”

Does anyone else think that from a writer’s point of view, the invention of the mobile phone has been a nuisance? In writing of old, there was a great deal of tension in having characters far from help, people not … Continue reading

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Problematic Words

I think this one has cropped up before, but a reminder never hurts. I was reading a report on a football match recently, and in describing a possible foul that would have led to a penalty being given, the journalist … Continue reading

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Interview with Lou Treleaven

I stumbled upon Lou’s blog by chance quite some time ago. It will be of interest to all writers, but particularly those writing for children. Among other things, her section on children’s publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts is an extremely useful … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

I think it’s only right and proper to commence 2014 with more intelligent and insightful praise rescue from my spam folder: Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the … Continue reading

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