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A Whole ‘Nother’ Thing


For the writer, words are instruments of pleasure and pain. The right word can break hearts while the wrong words can cause howls of derision. It behooves us to get them right. There is no such thing as the almost-right … Continue reading

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Can we Talk?


It’s been a manic few days since my book was released on the 24th. I’ve been inundated with texts, tweets and calls not to mention some fabulous reviews.  Thanks to everyone concerned. But today I’m not talking about my book. … Continue reading

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Why Exposition Gets a Bad Rap


You’ve heard it a million times: show don’t tell. What does that mean? Is it true? And does that mean you should never use exposition? Sometimes – sorry, O great literary oracle – but sometimes you have to ignore perceived … Continue reading

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25 Unmistakable Signs that You’re a Writer


 You watch Sex and the City and Castle so you can critique the characters’ writing habits. You collect words the way other people collect iTunes The characters in your stories seem more real than some ‘real’ people you know. Your … Continue reading

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‘Ruining my Life’ and Other Offences


There have been other expressions that irk me. The cutting edge. Pushing the envelope. Ferr shuuure. But really, when it comes to phrases in modern parlance there are few that make me crazier (or, if you prefer, push my buttons) … Continue reading

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LIES SOME WRITERS TOLD ME


One of the things I’ve noticed since I’ve started in participating in NaNoWriMo is the obsession people have with word count. A recent article on the site discussed ways to inflate your numbers: give your character a stutter so words … Continue reading

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