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Outline after First Draft? What madness is this?

It’s true! I don’t do an outline until I’ve finished my first draft. Here’s the photographic evidence, taken in my hut not two hours since. And the reason? I have become quite good at this part of writing, at least: … Continue reading

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Terror of Number 13

Really, I have to get over this. And truly I wasn’t frightened… until the moment when I actually wrote ‘The End’ on the first draft today. Then suddenly the number 13 began to concern me. Why 13? Is it the … Continue reading

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Writing and Editing: Handling Opinion

Handling your editor’s notes (and for ‘editor’ substitute ‘ideal first reader’ if you are at that stage) can be a tricky business. There’s a part of you that wishes them to think its all so amazing that it doesn’t need … Continue reading

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Writing as Process

I have to relearn this every time: novel writing is a process. It is a series of quite distinct stages. Confusing those stages is what often has people giving up prematurely -“Oh, this stuff is nothing like …” (fill in … Continue reading

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Editing 2 – Kill Your Darlings!

It’s another old truth of editing – you have to be prepared to kill your darlings. What are they? Merely those gorgeous passages of writing you dripped a part of your soul into, the ones with the dazzling juxtaposition, the … Continue reading

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