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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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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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Not Again…

Some advice for children’s writers (and maybe even those writing for adults) prompted by a manuscript I recently received in my role as a freelancer for a writers’ advice agency. Don’t start your novel with the line: Tommy was bored… … Continue reading

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The ‘As’ and ‘Had’ Horrors

A couple of little not-so-good habits we can all slip into – one easy to understand, the other a little less so for some. I remember reading about the ‘had horrors’ when I was starting out. Most fiction is written … Continue reading

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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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