‘Fetch, Boy’ How not to lose your VOICE when editing.

The second blog of the month is by Dexter Petley, a successful author who also works as an editor and adviser for new writers. Amongst his acclaimed works are a literary noir whodunnit, Little Nineveh (Polygon 1995), Joyride (Fourth Estate, 1999), and White Lies (Fourth Estate 2003). He’s a regular on the cult website www.caughtbytheriver.com TIME […]

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“She’s not a stranger; I’ve read her book.”

Our guest blog this month comes from Caro Clarke, author of ‘Furry Dice Chewing Gum’. She reflects upon the writer’s voice and what makes us who we are. As they say in Thailand, ‘Same, same but different…’ Writing: It’s Personal ‘When I was a girl, back in the time of cave painting and discovering fire, […]

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Furry Dice Chewing Gum – Problems for New Writers

Beginners’ four faults As an editor, I know when I am reading someone’s first novel. I have nicknames for the four give-away faults beginners make: (1) Walk and Chew Gum (2) Furry Dice (3) Tea, Vicar? (4) Styrofoam. I see at least one of these in every manuscript where the author has not mastered the […]

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Another Rejection Slip? Never Give Up, and here’s why…

Guest blogger Adelaide Godwin talks to Tracy Thomson about the launch next month of her new children’s book. Is this the first novel you have ever written? Yes What about when you were younger at school?  I enjoyed writing but I am not sure the examiners felt the same when marking! Was your first language French?  […]

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Congratulations to Susan Molbeck, Second Place in the Bootcamp Writing Competition

WHY Sitting.  Sitting on the Esplanade.  Sitting and waiting.  Waiting for what?  If I knew the answer to that question I wouldn’t be here, I’d be far, far, away, beyond those blue hills I can see when I turn my head and look back towards the town; beyond the edge of that straight horizon directly […]

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How to hook a reader, plot or character?

My dog got a lovely gift this Christmas, hope you do too! Happy Writing. Be it people or animals, if I suddenly care what happens to them I become interested in the story itself. It is arguably the key reason ‘Homeland’ spawned three series; the plot is terrorism the watchability is Carrie and Brody. Plot […]

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