Archive for September 2015

WRITING HISTORICAL NOVELS

Sep 29th, 2015 | By

  Many years ago when I was editing ‘Quartos’ magazine, Patricia Payne, the then winner of the first Julia Fitzgerald Award, contributed what was probably the best ever introduction to writing historical novels.“Dear ladies,” she wrote, “have you ever considered removing your knickers and, clad in two metres of old sheet as a sole undergarment,

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I’ve had another idea …

Sep 20th, 2015 | By

As we’ve said before, without innovative ideas any writing is going to fall short of the mark, and so one of the first things a writer must learn are ways and means of generating fresh slants on old topics; how to put a different spin on our approach and make it our own. How To

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The Ideas File

Sep 18th, 2015 | By

Without innovative ideas any writing is going to fall short of the mark, and so one of the first things a writer must learn are ways and means of generating fresh slants on old topics. A daily newspaper can provide a fresh supply of plots and subject matter but we need to know how to

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THE HORROR STORY

Sep 9th, 2015 | By

A Respectable Genre, or Second Rate Fiction? In a rather innocuous thriller, published in 1939, one of the characters reflects … “The whole subject of the uncanny is certainly fascinating. And uncommonly good material for imaginative writing. When you come to think of it all the world’s great stories have an element of the supernatural.

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Exciting New Title:

Sep 2nd, 2015 | By

If you never read past the first line of Glynis Scrivens’ ‘Edit is a Four-Letter Word’ you will find that the author has imparted one piece of creative writing knowledge that will last a life-time – “Editing starts when writing is finished.” I know from the experience of tutoring writers’ workshops that a large number

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