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Watch your language (How to Write a Book)

“Works of imagination,” said Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are, the more necessary it is to be plain.” An author’s sentence length or word order may be the more mechanical aspect of style, but the choice of language is surely the electricity that brings the book monster to life. 1,162 more words

How To Write A Book

Be a Copycat - Write a book yourself #1

As a part of releasing my book Copycat: Finding our Originality – which is formed, written, with a small remainder to be shaped by a publisher – I am going to write a series of blogs on becoming a writer yourself. 499 more words

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What does good writing look like?

Writing doesn’t just have to sound good, it has to look good. There is a definite shape to writing that’s painted through sentences, paragraphs and chapters. 474 more words

Writing the perfect crime story

There’s a good article here by Niall Leonard on how to write (and prepare to write) a good crime story. It talks about working out who dunnit, the motive and how to uncover clues… very useful.

How To Write A Book

Top excuses for not writing

I’ve really been struggling to get any time to write this week – partly because of things outwith my control, and partly because I just haven’t been able to get down to it. 282 more words

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On Black and White Thinking and Ferguson

Last week, I wrote a blog on my thoughts on the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. I grew up in the state and my first novel EARTH (due out in 2015) is set there. 718 more words

Caroline Allen

11 Reasons To Write A Book In Your 20s

I wrote my first book at age 17, and I loved all 200 pages of it. As I look back on the story now, I can see where I would say this or express that differently, but all that matters is that I did it and it’s something I can be proud of for the rest of my life. 219 more words

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