Tag Archives: resources for writers

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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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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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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Openings

Drifting into Exposition Rock Flint moved out of the shadows as Maloney walked by, and tapped him on the shoulder. ‘We need to talk, Mickey.” ‘Sure, Rock,‘ replied the crook. But even before the words were out he was reaching into … Continue reading

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Two useful online resources for writers

If, like me, you are too lazy to get up and grab a dictionary or thesaurus from your bookshelf,or too mean or poor to get a new edition, you might like these: http://thesaurus.com/ http://www.collinsdictionary.com/ I have quick links to them … Continue reading

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