Show don’t tell. Rules and more rules

There was a fantastic adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s best novels on TV over the festive period: “And then there were none” (which has been reissued with several titles, the original having had the n- word). I immediately sat down to re-read...

Is fiction easier than non-fiction?

I’ve had a reasonable level of success writing non-fiction. As my agent reminded me a few weeks ago, non-fiction is “where the money is” and I have to agree that my experience to date suggests that most writers will only make money through ventures...

Holidays are for reading

I love being on holiday. It’s great to be somewhere new, with different food, climate, scenery… but to some extent it doesn’t matter where I go because the thing I most enjoy doing on holiday is working my way through an enormous pile of books. As I...

Pantser or Planner? A month before Nanowrimo

Nanowrimo is less than one month away. So if you are intending to take part, do you spend October planning out your novel in meticulous detail, or do you wait for 1st November, switch on the PC and see if inspiration strikes? Last year – which was also the first...

Narrators – reliable or otherwise

The aspect of writing fiction which is perhaps hardest to grasp when you are starting out, is that you have to choose someone to tell the story – and that person might not be you. In fact, it may well be easier if it isn’t. I was walking in the mountains...

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