Tag Archives: writing advice

Where to Jump In

It’s been a while since I provided an update on what I’m up to as regards writing, so here it is. I’ve more or less completed a compilation of the letters between Sir John Franklin, the Arctic explorer whose biography … Continue reading

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Howdy, Pardner

A book in my local library about writing for the Western/Cowboy market caught my eye a while ago. I’ve turned my hand to various genres, but it’s one area that has never interested me as a reader or writer (even … 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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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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Elmore’s Ten Rules

I’ve always liked – and passed on – the American crime writer Elmore Leonard’s advice to ‘leave out the parts readers tend to skip’, because it’s my philosophy exactly. I’ve been flipping through a very good book called Your Writing … 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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Send for Back-Up!

I saw a programme recently which featured a student who lost several months’ worth of very important work when his laptop was stolen. I think it was mentioned that he had been ‘just about to back it up’. No, no, … Continue reading

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