Category Archives: How to write a book

Magic Slippers – Part 2 by Dexter Petley

A Guest Blog from Dexter Petley. Dexter is the acclaimed author of a number of novels: a literary noir whodunnit, Little Nineveh (Polygon 1995), Joyride (Fourth Estate, 1999), and White Lies (Fourth Estate 2003). White Lies was shortlisted for the … Continue reading

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The Key Question 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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Magic Slippers by Dexter Petley

A Guest Blog from Dexter Petley. Dexter is the acclaimed author of a number of novels: a literary noir whodunnit, Little Nineveh (Polygon 1995), Joyride (Fourth Estate, 1999), and White Lies (Fourth Estate 2003). White Lies was shortlisted for the … Continue reading

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Bake Bread to Improve Your Writing By William Kowalski

A Guest Blog from William Kowalski. William is a novelist, screenwriter, and book reviewer for the Globe and Mail. Since abandoning the hurly-burly of urban life and moving to the country ten years ago, I’ve become ever more engaged in … Continue reading

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From good to great – Guest Post from Laura Wilkinson

It’s always lovely to toast the success of WW / Word Cloud alumni. Laura Wilkinson’s BloodMining was one such success – and here she talks about her editing tips. First of all, thanks to Harry for inviting me over here. … Continue reading

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Revision, revision – Guest post by Tania Hershman

Tania Hershman is the Orange Prize commended author of The White Road and Other Stories. In 2011, her stories have appeared in numerous locations including the prestigious science journals, Nature and New Scientist. She runs the Short Review, a magazine … Continue reading

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Accidents Can Happen, But Should They? 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. Imagine the following scenario.  You know a couple in their mid-thirties.  They … Continue reading

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So set ‘em up Joe, I’ve got a little story… by Dexter Petley

A Guest Blog from Dexter Petley. Dexter is the acclaimed author of a number of novels: a literary noir whodunnit, Little Nineveh (Polygon 1995), Joyride (Fourth Estate, 1999), and White Lies (Fourth Estate 2003). White Lies was shortlisted for the … Continue reading

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How I Found My Mentor By William Kowalski

A Guest Blog from William Kowalski. William is a novelist, screenwriter, and book reviewer for the Globe and Mail. Whenever one dedicates oneself to a discipline that demands years of practice, be it writing, cooking, or Zen Buddhist meditation, a … Continue reading

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WHO TELLS THE STORY? 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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HINTERLAND – A guest blog from 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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Writing Rules and When to Break Them by Richard Blandford

A Guest Blog from Richard Blandford. Richard 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. Chances are, if you sign up for … Continue reading

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What’s done is done … except when it can be undone! by Paul Roberts

A Guest blog from Paul Roberts. Paul is the Director of a successful management consultancy, but also has a passion for writing, with several management textbooks to his name. His first was issued through The Economist, another formed part of … Continue reading

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Time & Motion by Dexter Petley

Dexter Petley is the acclaimed author of a number of novels: a literary noir whodunnit, Little Nineveh (Polygon 1995), Joyride (Fourth Estate, 1999), and White Lies (Fourth Estate 2003). He’s a regular on the cult website www.caughtbytheriver.com Time is the novel’s … Continue reading

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Writing Great First Sentences by William Kowalski

A Guest Blog from William Kowalski. William Kowalski is the author of Eddie’s Bastard, recently mentioned by the Guardian  as an “overlooked classic of American literature“, and several other books.  You can visit him online at WilliamKowalski.com, or request his … Continue reading

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