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Can you hum the theme from The Omen?

Google must struggle to know what to make of authors sometimes. Some of my recent Google searches have been:- 1. The theme from The Omen 2. 1960 cheesecloth dresses 3. Distance from Oxford to Shipston-on-Stour 4. Did Victorian mansions have … Continue reading

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Cliches, Proverbs, Messages and the Story Core

My sister, Rachel, mentioned something interesting about clichés that she’d heard at a Creative Writing class. I was fairly surprised that she’d been to one. She paints imaginative, dramatic apocalyptic landscapes, takes great photographs and teaches drawing, so I thought … 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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How do they do it? How do they hook you in?

So, I’m looking at part of my novel and wondering why it reads like a history and not a story. And realising that I need to learn something from the experts about how to ‘hook’ the reader into a story … Continue reading

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