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The Research Question By Catherine Ryan Howard
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A few years ago, I was at a book festival talking about my debut novel, Distress Signals. When it came time for the Q&A, a hand in the front row...

Choosing Your Point of View (Part 1) by Ally Carter
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How do you know which Point of View to use? If it’s first person, how do you pick which character tells the story? This is one of the things authors...

To Plan or to Plunge? by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
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I used to find it difficult to describe my writing process, but I’ve become a little more deliberate in trying to observe myself over the years. While each book has...

Using Real Life in Fiction by Sherryl Clark
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There are a number of “rules” that writers are told, and one of the most common is “Write what you know”. To counter this, we are also told “Make things...

How to be a Master of Suspense by Sandra Ireland
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The key to the success of any story is suspense, that delicious ratcheting of tension which keeps the reader glued to the page. This is true of any narrative, whether...

How to Use Foreshadowing in your Writing by Graham Smith
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Foreshadowing is one of those tricks in the writer’s toolbox which when used properly goes unnoticed. Let’s face it, we’ve all read books where the hero of the story (I’m...

Tall Story: Tall Order? Finding a Killer Story by Marnie Riches
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Tightrope will be my eighth crime fiction novel, and in January this year, I delivered my ninth – the second in the all new Bev Saunders series about the most...

The Highs and Lows of the Second Novel by Doreen Finn
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Writing the dreaded sophomore novel is a daunting process. Most authors who have bled over their second book will confirm that. When the time came for me to write another...

Three Things to Know When Writing a Series by Peter Bartram
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Like it or not, we live in the age of the boxset. For writers and film-makers alike, the aim is to find a target audience, discover what they like, and...

Finding Your Writing Process by Ally Carter
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What’s the best process to use when writing a book? It’s incredibly important that I say this up front and often: Every writer has a different process. In fact, every...