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What to do before you start writing by Olivia Rana
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I’ve been writing for over twenty years, and much of this time has been spent trying to improve my skills as a writer. I started out going to evening classes,...

Using Your Home as a Backdrop to a Novel by Nicola Cassidy
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Nicola Cassidy, author of December Girl, reflects on the research that led her to write her debut set in the Boyne Valley, in a week that saw the famous site...

Building Character: On Bone Bridge by Maria Hoey
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I was asked recently how I came up with the character of Kay Kelly. For those who have not read the book, Kay Kelly is the first-person narrator of my...

Editor Scott Pack’s Top Tips

This is just one reason why Twitter has huge value for writers. Editor Scott Pack ( @meandmybigmouth)  of Unbound tweeted this thread of wisdom and solid gold editorial tips –...

Pacing the Thriller: Believe Me by JP Delaney
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The one thing everyone agrees a thriller needs is pace. If it doesn’t make you turn the pages – if you’re not hooked from the get-go, and so addicted by...

“So, where do your ideas come from?” by Cara Hunter
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“Where do your ideas some from?” At events, this is the question I get asked more than any other, and I suspect other writers find the same. And I’m not...

Research Techniques: The Language of Secrets by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Posted by Ausma Zehanat Khan in , .

My Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty crime series features a pair of Canadian detectives who specialize in sensitive investigations in minority communities. Though the series is grounded in the multicultural city of...

Writing Historical Crime Fiction by M.J. Tjia
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As a crime fiction reader, I have always loved finding a new crime series to follow. This is probably why I always meant for my crime novels, featuring courtesan-sleuth Heloise...

Finding Confidence and Creating Opportunities in Writing by Amanda J Evans
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Becoming a published writer is a dream for so many people, but if you struggle with self-confidence, it can be very daunting indeed. My journey to finding confidence is ongoing...

Creating Your Own Writing Space by Caroline Roberts
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I like to write in my kitchen at the breakfast bar, or in the conservatory where I overlook my garden and the country fields beyond. I also like it to...