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Getting to Know You: How do you develop your plots and characters?

It’s a lengthy process! Honestly, the characters that I have now are a very far cry from the characters I had when I first conceived the story many years ago. Emmy used to be a much darker character, and she committed suicide in the narrative, only to be brought back to life. She was a […]

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Getting to Know You: Are You a Plotter or a Pantser?

I do a bit of both, really. I’m a strange sort, and I flit between uber-plotting and “pantsing” – writing by the seat of your pants! I need to know what the ending is before I do anything else. I already know what the ending of my series is, and everything I write works towards […]

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Getting to Know You: What Writers Inspire You?

Gosh, what a question! Different writers inspire me in different ways. My absolute biggest inspiration if Margaret Atwood. Everything I’ve read of hers has been fantastic, and she’s so skilled in so many ways. I wish I could write even a tenth as well as she does! I’m also very inspired by Anne Fine as […]

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Getting to Know You: How Would you Describe Your Writing?

Hopefully, succinct! I like to live by George Orwell’s “6 Rules” – 1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. 2. Never use a long word where a short one will do. 3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut […]

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#Prowrite: The Basics Part Four – Paragraphing

There’s nothing worse than reading a piece of work that is one giant block of text. It’s difficult for your brain to cope with and reading becomes a huge chore. Equally, it’s distracting when you read a piece where the paragraphs seem taken at random with no logic! Here are a few hints and tips […]

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