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Hunting down that elusive ending to your story

If you can’t find an ending to your WIP, there is only ever one reason for it:  something hasn’t worked earlier on. I’ve reached the end of novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of different ways: I knew … Continue reading

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“To write is to rewrite”

“To write is to rewrite.  One writes for oneself, and one rewrites for others.” This quote comes from a character in Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s novel “The Labyrinth of the Spirits”.  The character is a writer, advising another, much younger writer.  … Continue reading

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When the holiday runs out

I recently took several weeks off work.  It was bliss.  It was heavenly.  By the last ten days, I felt like myself again – for the first time in YEARS.  I can’t remember when last I achieved that state of … Continue reading

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How do you learn to edit your novel?

You don’t.  I didn’t, anyway, yet I am a ferocious editor of my own work and a brilliant proofreader.  This latter quality has been discovered in my Real World job and everything that is written is brought to me;  I … Continue reading

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The Big Red Edit

The Big Edit has begun!  And it’s begun in red pen, which means I have pages of manuscript covered with little red scribbles.  My red pen leaked everywhere too so my fingers looked as if they are dripping blood.  Hugely … Continue reading

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What to do when your writing doesn’t write

Don’t panic.  Don’t despair.  Don’t run away and resolve never to write again.  Don’t let the ocean of failure to close over you so that you are forever drowning and wondering why it is you couldn’t be happy with just … Continue reading

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How to focus when writing

Last Wednesday I sat down for the first time in four months to do some Real Writing.  Having spent the summer working on my website, my brand, my new editions and a million other admin-type things, it was a relief … Continue reading

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