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Dialogue in Fiction

I can’t remember whether I’ve brought this subject up before, but a reminder never does any harm – especially with common problems! Very often when I’m reading manuscripts for the writers’ advice services I work for, I come across dialogue … Continue reading

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Success!

The government have been reading my blog (or at least I assume so) and after seeing the posting about jargon in modern life have decided to act decisively. This was in the Telegraph the other day: Officials have been issued … Continue reading

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Leave out the boring bits!

I try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip Elmore Leonard I must admit to a bias here, for two reasons. 1. I’ve just had to read through a manuscript that was 80,000 words when it could … Continue reading

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Dialogue

Dialogue seems to be one of the biggest problem areas for newer writers – not just making it seem realistic and using it to bring characters to life rather than having to tell the reader everything about them, but also … Continue reading

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An Alternative View on Alternate & Alternative

An American friend, skulking in the shadows and too afraid to show her face on here, has quickly pointed out to me that in the 18th century, when America was still part of the British Empire (before Mel Gibson came … Continue reading

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The Universe and Everything

There is an advert currently doing the TV rounds which talks about someone accessing an ‘alternate universe’. This might suffice for America where it’s common currency, but those of us here who wish to guard the mother tongue should rise … Continue reading

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Wayne Rooney and I

In a recent interview, Sir Alex Ferguson the Manchester United manager responded to reports that he had fallen out with Wayne Rooney and was going to get rid of him with the statement ‘There is no issue with Wayne and … Continue reading

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