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First Appearances by Nicolas Corder

One of the hardest decisions a writer has to make is how much physical description to give about a character before the reader sees them in action. Does the reader need to know about height, hair or eye colour, weight and build? Do they want to see clothes, the way someone walks or if they’re

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How to Write a Synopsis by Suzanne Ruthven

It’s often said by writers that it’s harder to write a synopsis than it is to write a complete book. This is because the synopsis must encapsulate an entire story in order for a publisher or agent to judge whether they wish to see the full typescript. Nevertheless, a well-written synopsis, together with the first

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Writing in the Flow by Melissa Unger

Writing in the Flow by Melissa Unger In September of 2004, while on a walk around Paris, a single sentence popped into my head: Peter never ate. Insistent, it kept coming back again and again, in an effort to dissipate it; I put it to paper. The three words called out to me from the

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Voice and Point of View by Carolyn Mathews

So you’re sitting at your desk planning your novel. You know roughly what happens at the beginning and end and you’ll cross the bridge spanning the middle when the time comes. You know the sex, age and occupation of your main character and the challenges he or she will have to face. At certain intervals

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Choose your definition by Marie Yates

Working with young, and not-so-young people who have experienced the worst that life has to throw at them continues to take me on a fascinating journey. Learning from people who have quite literally turned their lives around is a privilege and has led me to question why some people choose to forge ahead while others

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Finding new markets

Sarah-Beth Watkins is an experienced freelance writer who has written for various publications over the past 20 years, she began her career writing for parenting magazines and has since gone on to write on many different subjects. Her experience ranges from feature articles, human interest and historical articles as well as short stories and book

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Handy Hints for Writers

The Compass Books Blog is always interested in receiving 500-word max handy hints, tips and nuggets that will be of interest to other writers such as time-saving tips, favourite reference books, displacement activities, reviews of Compass Books, useful blogs, etc.  Email me at publisher1@compass-books.net

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Grammar Tips

Copyeditors often come across commonly confused words. These can be because the author is genuinely confused or sometimes because of typing errors and they have been missed in the final edit. So be aware of the following: Advice/advise Advice (noun). She needs advice about her financial position. Advise (verb) is to offer a suggestion. I’d

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Brain Workout – The Fifteen Minute Game

Sit in a café or shopping centre and focus on a pair of shoes. They may be in a shop window or on somebody’s feet. For five minutes write about those shoes. Don’t censor what you write or cross anything out. If they are in a shop window, think of the sort of person who

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