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Chance for Dumfries and Galloway writers to get spooky with ghost story workshop

Bookings are starting to come from authors after Buittle Castle and best-selling novelist John Dean teamed up to run a workshop on how to write a ghost story in the spooky surroundings of the Medieval Tower House near Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway. However, there are plenty more places available.The event, which will take place between 3-8pm on Halloween, Thursday…See More
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Book Week Scotland talks announced

Best-selling crime novelist John Dean will help library-goers in Dumfries and Galloway to celebrate Book Week Scotland with a talk looking at the conversation between writer and reader.The theme of Book Week Scotland this year is Blether and John will look at how you can’t always trust the writer to tell the truth!He will give talks at: Tuesday 19th November – Dalry Library 11.00amThursday 21st November – Kirkcudbright Library 2.00pmBoth events are free but places must booked from Kirkcudbright…See More
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Blizzard faces up to conflict

Time and time again in my writing, I come back to the theme of conflict., It is what makes fiction work.But why is it important? Because stories need things to happen and that usually comes out of conflict - characters argue, fight, feud etc. It is through seeing characters in conflict that we see them at their truest, when their guard is down, when they are fighting…See More
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Keeping secrets

I am writing the latest DCI Jack Harris crime novel and, although I plotted it pretty carefully in advance, the characters are doing a lot of the work for me as I write, throwing up questions and hinting at secrets.It reminded me how important secrets are to a crime writer. It is crucial that your characters are hiding things. They may reveal their secrets to the reader but it can be a very effective storytelling tool if the investigators are in the dark until the story comes to its dramatic…See More
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