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Getting To Know You…

August 2nd, 2019

First, thanks to Marisa for last week’s thoughtful post. We all know that when we’re writing for children we need to be particularly sensitive to their needs – and (let’s be honest) sensitive to the perceptions of the adults and teachers who are often the ones who buy the books for them!

On the other hand we can be dismissive of teenagers – they often come across as inscrutable, worldly wise beyond their years and Teflon coated. But, their attitude is often just that – a thin veneer. And you’ve got to take that into account if you want to write for them successfully.

So, if you do decide that this is the market for you, how should you approach it? Read the rest of this entry »




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Five Tips for Writing a Psychological Thriller

August 3rd, 2018

Psychological thrillers are riding high at the moment and vying with romance to be the most popular fiction genre with readers. Think of all those books with ‘Girl’ in the title and the never-ending stream of ‘noir’ novels and TV series, especially from Scandinavia. This fashion of readers liking to be scared shows no signs of letting up. If you fancy creating a dark read of your own, here are five top tips for writing a psychological thriller: Read the rest of this entry »




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What’s My Motivation?

May 11th, 2018

I would imagine everyone who’s tried to produce something more than a coherent piece of writing remembers the event or reason which inspired them to make a conscious effort to give words to the ideas in their head. Until recently I thought I knew what prompted me to pursue my dream of being an author but it turns out things were far more complex than I realised.

I’d always wanted to write and over the years had made a few stabs at it, but nothing really serious; mostly attempts to entertain my family and amuse my friends.

It was the sudden and untimely death of my sister that finally gave me the jolt I needed to stop procrastinating and write.  She’d been a teacher for thirty-seven years and had given her life to the profession. I was following in her footsteps and had been teaching for seventeen years when she died. But education was changing.  What had started as an enjoyable and satisfying vocation focusing on pupils’ wellbeing had become all about targets and league tables.  This had been exacerbated for me because I was the Director of Humanities in a particularly challenging school. Read the rest of this entry »




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Will Hybrid Books Take The Writing World By Storm?

May 10th, 2017

Some of you may have noticed the case of the missing blog. I’m afraid that we had to remove last week’s post because there was one link that we didn’t want to include and when the author found out that this was the case he asked us to remove it. Such is life…

This week’s blog really is something of a miscellany – but I hope you find it an interesting one. I was recently reading about the bestselling author Laura Barnett who is currently working on a ‘hybrid book’ which involves collaboration with folk singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams. Read the rest of this entry »




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In A Class Of Her Own

October 28th, 2016

different-class-blogOn Friday I went to listen to Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat, amongst other well-known novels) talking about, and reading from, her latest book Different Class.

But it was the question and answer session at the end that I found most interesting. Someone asked her how long it took her to write her books. The answer was anything from three months to five years! The reason she gave for this was that sometimes she ran out of inspiration; she had to have a break while she did some research; or she had to wait for the pieces of a plot to fall into place in her subconscious. What she stressed, though, was that she didn’t feel that any of this time was wasted as she always had more than one project on the go and when a particular piece of work wasn’t going well she turned to something else. A sensible approach for any writer. Read the rest of this entry »




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