Archive for September 2016

Your Character Speaks by Nicholas Corder

Sep 29th, 2016 | By

Dialogue lifts a book When you come across huge dry stretches of barren, speech-free prose, you realise how vital it is that your characters actually say something. How can we expect them to come to life if everything is internalised? Catching their tone of voice, rhythms of speech and their vocabulary is what pulls in

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Brain Workout – The Fifteen Minute Game

Sep 13th, 2016 | By

Set your kitchen timer for fifteen minutes. Pretend this is a race. Write as quickly as you can. Don’t stop to think. Concentrate on filling the space with words rather than on getting it ‘right.’ Don’t worry if some of your ideas are a little crazy. Don’t worry about perfect spelling or grammar. The tidying

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The Accidental Author by Marneta Viegas

Sep 13th, 2016 | By

When I was choosing my options at school, I had no idea I would be an author. Being an author sounded so important and clever yet romantic and a distant dream that so few can claim. I wasn’t even particularly good at English, although I had a deep interest in drama and storytelling. After graduating

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