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Two from Arvon

If you want a good writer’s retreat, with excellent teaching, consider an Arvon retreat, pricey but worth it.  Consider going to ‘The Hurst’. Better still, consider one with Stephen May or Mavis Cheek as tutors.  Even better still, go with … Continue reading

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Feedback: don’t make love to the world

This has been a month full of feedback about writing, some good, some bad. How do you handle feedback?   My friendly editor from Scrolla gave me some first-rate feedback about ‘The Blue House’. There has been contradictory advice about … Continue reading

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Nailed it! This is why we write…

Why do you write? Why put ourselves through hours and hours of work, thought, typing, rethinking, planning, editing, proof-reading, drafting, rethinking again, only to throw it away when we realise it just isn’t going to work? I’ve been struggling for … Continue reading

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How long should your novel be?

How long should a novel be?  I did some internet research a while back and gathered that 100,000 words would be a good length.  This is also the point at which the cost of a ‘Reader’s Report’ increased.  Additionally, if … Continue reading

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Arvon Heaven – or what I learnt on my writer’s retreat

I had a Writer’s Retreat, at The Hurst in Shropshire, booked through an organisation called Arvon.  It was wonderful. This is some of what I learnt: Pare it down. Slice out those unnecessary adjectives, remove all those duplications, make every … Continue reading

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