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World Book Day highlights

We’re celebrating #WorldBookDay on our blog – from the earliest writing 5,000 years ago to our favourite fiction! https://t.co/NUocGGivRN pic.twitter.com/9E3q5nGmrs — British Museum (@britishmuseum) 2 March 2017 Places in Wales that every book lover...

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A Second Chance – Anna Ryalnd

A Second Chance is the ‘cracking’ debut novel by Anna Ryland. I met Anna at a local writers’ group I was talking to about publishing and over a cup of coffee she told me...

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Immigrant experiences influence writing

Xenopobia is nothing new, look at the attacks in South Africa in recent years against African foreigners trying to earn a living in that country. Experience tells me, however, that current feelings of discrimination...

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Characters and setting

Put the reader in the scene by providing sights, sounds, feel, tastes, and smells that fill the space your character is in. #amwriting 🙂 — Annie Acorn (@Annie_Acorn) 28 December 2016 If your characters...

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Naming Characters

More on naming characters. See also. Catherine Hokin has an interesting way of naming her characters as she explains in this Q&A session. Heather Weidner explains how she keeps track of and manages her...

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Bio Preview: Dunn and Dusted

OUT OF THE WILDERNESS April ~ May 1954 In the Youth Employment Office Mr Marley ground out his cigarette in an ashtray, no doubt fantasising the receptacle to be a vital organ of my...

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Novel Preview: A Second Chance

Chapter 1 Maja, July 1997 On Saturday afternoon, Victoria Coach Station was buzzing with the nervous energy of travellers arriving from all corners of Europe. One coach after another entered the crowded terminal and...

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Vocab development: Tone

It’s sometimes hard thinking of alternative words to use when you’re writing, and finding a thesauris sometimes just isn’t an option. Thanks to some dedicated wordsmiths, linked are some prompts on Tone. Literally adding...

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Does grammar matter?

Walking up/down Regent Street in London the other day, I spotted a building called Goldsmiths’ Company. Wow, there was an apostrophe and … it was after the ‘s’. This got me thinking (again) whether...