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Choosing Your Project Title

November 3rd, 2017

Choosing a good title for a novel or a play can be very important.  I want to quote you some words from Anthony Horowitz taken from his new book, “The Word is Murder”.  This was published in August 2017:

Almost 200,000 books are published in the UK every year and although some of them will have the advantage of a well-known author attached, the vast majority have just two or three words on a surface measuring no more than 6 x 9 inches to sell themselves.  Titles have to be short, smart and meaningful, easy to read, easy to remember and original.  That’s asking a lot.

Many of the best titles are simply borrowed from elsewhere.  Brave New World, The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Vanity Fair… all of these were drawn from other works.  Agatha Christie used the Bible, Shakespeare, Tennyson and even The Rubiayat of Omar Khayyam for many of her 82 titles.  Read the rest of this entry »




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Characterisation Continued…

October 27th, 2017

First, thanks to Colin for last week’s post. I think he provided plenty to think about when you’re getting to know the characters you create. And it really is a case of knowing them thoroughly if you are to make your readers care about what happens to them.

So, I’m going to add six points of my own that I think are important if you are to persuade your readers to get involved in the lives of your characters:

  1. It should be your aim to create individuals who leap off the page, exuding energy and creating dramatic impact. They must be more exciting and more attention grabbing than the ordinary people we meet in our normal workaday existence.

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Thoughts on Character Creation

October 20th, 2017

In real life you’ve probably at some time met someone who has become a friend. Only gradually do you get to know the person and even after months or more you may be surprised by some revelation about them.

A character in fiction will be gradually revealed but as the writer you must know your  characters fully before you start the story.

It’s a good idea to make a detailed profile of your main characters. This helps you to be consistent and to know what they would and wouldn’t do, and not to provide sudden changes in behaviour which would be out of character and unbelievable to the reader. Occasionally a sudden change may be justified, for instance, if the character has suffered some tragedy or trauma, but as the author, you should have prepared for this. Read the rest of this entry »




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Mind Mapping

October 13th, 2017

First, thanks to Lucy for last week’s blog. When you’ve spent so much time working on a book and getting your ‘baby’ ready to publish, you can sometimes forget that unless you market it properly, it won’t get the audience it deserves and that’s the last thing you need! So, read Lucy’s tips and follow the links she provides as they really do give you some useful information.

This week I’m going to concentrate on some advice that one of our Writers Bureau students, Geeta Vittal Rao, wanted to share with you. In addition to working on our course she is also studying with the Self-Publishing School and one of the aids to writing that they suggest is Mind Mapping. This is how she describes it: Read the rest of this entry »




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The Worst Book Marketing Mistakes Authors Should Avoid

October 6th, 2017

When an author finishes a book and proceeds to publishing, they often think that most of the work is done. After all, writing and editing are really demanding in terms of time and effort, so having a complete book seems like a huge relief.

However, the release is only half of the way. If you’re not a well-known author, it’s not even half. The book market is highly saturated with a constant supply of new products of every genre. For example, Statista calculated that the U.S. book sales market in 2016 alone accounted for 2.7 billion books (both print and ebooks).

There is some good news, though. A large share of authors doesn’t support their products with quality marketing. Read the rest of this entry »




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