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Weekend writing workshop – taking inspiration from your surroundings

Writers! Fancy writing in a house on a hill? Looking to learn more about…Continue

Started Feb 4

Libraries Champions

John is one of the new Libraries Champions based in England, Scotland and Wales, appointed by The Crime Writers’ Association in Summer 2018.The trio take over from Ruth Dudley Edwards, the CWA’s very…Continue

Started Sep 12, 2018

Creating something special

For me, there are plenty of examples of stories which are well written - well-crafted and technically competent. Often, they are very, very good indeed.But they do not always enjoy success, be it…Continue

Started Mar 16, 2018

Creating intrigue

Good short stories and novels are often by writers that have a keen understanding of the need to intrigue the reader by creating tension.Intrigue works in various ways and it is an important tool if…Continue

Started Mar 16, 2018

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I recently taught a section on humour as part of a creative writing course I am running. Let me say at the outset that I know humour can be scary for a writer who does not have a naturally comic ability. It is certainly the case that a straight-laced, humourless person might well struggle to write side-splitting comedy but if you are an author, that might not be a good enough excuse.Why? Because even if you are not writing an out-and-out comic piece, humour has a role to perform. It can perform…See More
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One of the big challenges for a writer is not falling into the trap of using clichés, defined by Dictionary.com as trite, stereotyped expressions that have lost originality, ingenuity and impact through over-use. Examples of clichés are often similes, for example cold as ice, black as coal and like a fish out of water.The danger of using such phrases in your writing is that your readers have heard them already, indeed have probably heard them so many times that they no longer hold meaning. And…See More
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My golden rules for new writers



I was asked the other day for my golden rules for new writers. I replied: “Write something every day because you cannot be a writer if you do not write– it may not always be brilliant but at least you’ve done it.”…

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Posted on April 18, 2019 at 13:30

Strange Little Girl hits 50

Delighted that the DCI John Blizzard mystery Strange Little Girl (The Book Folks) has hit 50 reviews on Amazon with the response from readers being largely favourable.

You can find out what they said at…

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Posted on April 18, 2019 at 13:22

Bud Craig's new crime novel well worth a read



I can heartily recommend the latest crime novel from my good friend Bud Craig. A Dangerous Time has just been published by The Book Folks.…

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Posted on April 18, 2019 at 10:30

Grabbing the reader from those crucial opening lines

Here’s some thoughts on a common theme for me, the need to start stories by creating momentum right from the off.

The first rule of opening lines is that they should possess most of the individual elements that make up the story. An opening paragraph should have a distinctive voice, a point of view, a rudimentary plot, some hint of…

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Posted on April 16, 2019 at 9:25

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