Category Archives: How to write a book

Weight watching for writers

Every now and then we like to call attention to blogs around the place that we like and that we think you’d like too. An Awfully Big Blog Adventure is a wonderful collaborative blog between a group of children and … Continue reading

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How to Write a Sentence (cont.) by Hal Duncan

Hal Duncan has over twenty years critiquing experience as a member of the Glasgow SF Writers Circle, and a half dozen years writing for a living, mainly fiction and poetry but also a considerable amount of literary criticism and commentary. … Continue reading

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How to write a sentence by Hal Duncan

Hal Duncan has over twenty years critiquing experience as a member of the Glasgow SF Writers Circle, and a half dozen years writing for a living, mainly fiction and poetry but also a considerable amount of literary criticism and commentary. … Continue reading

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Reading the market

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On June 21, Orion will be publishing my latest novel, TALKING TO THE DEAD. That book is the best book I’ve ever written. It’s the one I’ve most adored writing. The one whose central character has most emphatically and joyously … Continue reading

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What do you teach in a workshop on historical fiction? – Emma Darwin

The below is an extract from Emma Darwin’s article on Writing Historical Fiction for The History Girls blog This time last year I was asked to give a workshop on writing historical fiction at Guildford Book Festival, and although as … Continue reading

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PUNCTUATION by Fay Sampson

A Guest Blog from Fay Sampson. Fay is the author of numerous books for both adults and children. She has been shortlisted three times for the Guardian Children’s Book award, and is winner of the Barco de Vapor award for … Continue reading

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Who are you? (We’ve got the answers).

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A little while back, we asked you about you. What made you write. What you wrote. What you expect from your writing. And what holds you back. And here are the answers. I guess that most users of this site … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading for Writers by Gary Gibson

Gary Gibson is the author of six science fiction novels for Pan Macmillan, the latest of which, Final Days, was published in August. The sequel, The Thousand Emperors, will be published in 2012. He lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Every time … Continue reading

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On Creating Sympathetic Characters by William Kowalski

A Guest Blog from William Kowalski. William’s most recent book is Something Noble (Orca/Raven), a Rapid Read for Reluctant Readers. Language is a living, organic thing, and words have a habit of shifting meaning over time.  This is precisely what … Continue reading

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Do you love your publisher?

This survey is now closed to responses. Our deep thanks to all who contributed. [Comment added Sunday 20 May.] As the industry evolves, it has become possible – arguably for the first time in history – for authors to detach … Continue reading

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Internal Vs. External Conflict by Gary Gibson

Gary Gibson is the author of six science fiction novels for Pan Macmillan, the latest of which, Final Days, was published in August. The sequel, The Thousand Emperors, will be published in 2012. He lives in Glasgow, Scotland. What is … Continue reading

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Taking emotional possession of your characters by Julia Hamilton

Julia Hamilton is the author of six novels, most recently Forbidden Fruits and Other People’s Rules, both from HarperCollins. Before those, Julia published with Penguin (A Pillar of Society, The Good Catholic, and After Flora) and Collins / Flamingo (The … Continue reading

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Fidgeting your way to a novel

Keen followers of this blog, if such there be, will have noticed that we’ve had a bit of a pause recently. Three weeks or so without a post. That’s been for a couple of reasons. The first is that we’ve … Continue reading

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Distractions by Sam Jordison

A Guest Blog from Sam Jordison. Sam has been earning a living as a writer since the year 2000. He is the author of five books (including the best-selling Crap Towns and Sod That! : 103 Things Not To Do … Continue reading

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Funny Trousers By Richard Blandford

Richard Blandford is the author of the novels Hound Dog and Flying Saucer Rock & Roll, and the online short story project, The Shuffle.  He blogs and tweets. Compare the following two pieces of writing. Example A There was a … Continue reading

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