Archive for May 2015

Kick-Start the Novel – Session 5

May 28th, 2015 | By

Bones & Padding Writing the first draft of a novel is the easy part. You’ve off-loaded all the ideas, introduced an interesting sub-plot, got all the characters going in the right direction. There have been a few unexpected developments but nothing you couldn’t han­dle — but it still doesn’t work. There’s something missing. These flaws

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DIVERSITY … LOOK, LEARN AND LISTEN

May 18th, 2015 | By

Just like the farming community, diversification should be the watch-word for all writers. And no-one is more diverse in choosing his subject matter than Simon Whaley. His first book, 100 Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human, spent four weeks on the UK top-ten non-fiction paperback bestseller lists and has gone on to sell

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How-to books for experienced writers – by experienced writers

May 15th, 2015 | By

Compass Books started off with a brand new concept – to publish how-to books that cater for more experienced writers as well as beginners.   The titles were commissioned from authors with plenty of personal experience in a particular genre who could identify with the writer aiming for a change of direction or intent on exploring

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Characters and Dialogue

May 6th, 2015 | By

The Shakespearian Master-class method of putting words into characters’ mouths. My latest indulgence is the Shakespeare Collection on DVD – a 36-part adaptation by the BBC of the complete works of the Bard and involving some of the best-known names in the entertainment industry.  There’s nothing Shakespeare can’t teach us about characterisation but it’s when

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