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Step away from your manuscript!

It is impossible to get an objective view of your own writing, of course it is. Even if you came back to something you’d written after a gap of twenty years I doubt you’d be able to see it with … Continue reading

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Recovery Time

I released a new book nearly two weeks ago now. With everything the launch entailed (blogging, Facebooking, organising promos) and then the anxiety of checking my reports and seeing how Rising Tides was faring in the enormous marketplace that is Amazon, stress … Continue reading

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With my Editor hat on…

After the last two blogs from my fellow Piranhas (from Katy and Pia), I thought it was time I stepped out of the closet with my editor hat on to give the view from the other side. An editor serves two … Continue reading

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Is a good edit just a matter of taste?

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the process and results of editing. In part this is because I’m perfecting a book ready for release later in the month, which has gone through two rounds of editing and another of proof-reading. … Continue reading

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41 excuses for not writing v. 3 reasons to write

Excuses for not writing It’s too late to start now. I’m too tired. It’s too early. I can’t think straight. I haven’t got my creative head on just now. I need to cook the dinner. I need to shop. I … Continue reading

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Character-building

I have spent all day creating character profiles for my new book. It’s one of the things they tell you to do when you start writing, and something I’ve only ever done in the sketchiest way. I have always thought … Continue reading

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F**k, fudge, frick, fug, flip, fiddlesticks…

Swearing’s an issue for Young Adult writers. Put it in and your books may not be acceptable to the gatekeepers – the publishers and librarian and parents who seek to make sure our children’s minds remain unsullied by the seamier … Continue reading

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