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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

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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

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Getting it right from the beginning

One of my students came up with a cracking first line the other day and it got me thinking about one of my favourite topics.A busy and harassed judge/editor/agent reads so much that anything that…Continue

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How to create charcters

A lot of my teaching focuses on characters (they are at the heart of my classes, they are, after all, our major tools as writers).So how do you create them? Here’s some thoughts: * Maybe base them on…Continue

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"Hi Deborah Thanks for this. The hardbook versions of the early Blizzard books (including The Latch Man) were published by Hale but are no longer in print. My new publisher the Book Folks has re-published some of the original books (reworked for a…"
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Weekend writing workshop – taking inspiration from your surroundings

Seeking inspiration for your writing? Fancy writing in a 160-year-old house on a hill? Looking to learn more about how writers draw inspiration from their surroundings? Like to find a peaceful corner of a garden to write (weather permitting!)? And all with delicious home-cooked meals?Then a weekend course at Kettle Knowe near Castle Douglas is for you. Best-selling crime novelist and creative writing tutor John Dean is to run a creative writing workshop at the 19th Century house on the weekend…See More
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Memories of redundancy which created a novel

The idea for my DCI John Blizzard novel A Breach of Trust, published by the Book Folks, grew through my experiences as a newspaper journalist in the eighties and nineties.During that time, I reported on many business closures, from mines to factories, shipyards to shops, and witnessed the devastating effect that they had on people and communities.As a newspaper man I myself worked at several titles which went through rounds of job cutting and each time strong emotions were evoked in the…See More
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A good place to start

As a writer, I am always inspired by a sense of place. Whether it be a gloomy city or a stunning hillside, a glass-strewn council estate or a majestic waterfall, something about my surroundings repeatedly triggers ideas.Let me take you back a few years to a hillside in the North Pennines in an attempt to show you what I mean.I…See More
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John Dean commented on John Dean's blog post In search of an idea for a novel
"Hi Deborah Thank you for this. Yes, working on one now but the next one to come out will be the latest in the Blizzard series, which was finished earlier in the year Thank you for all your support John"
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"Are you going to write another book in the DCI Harris series? I read them all and hope there will be more."
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Online crime fiction course helps aspiring writers

Crime novelist and creative writing tutor John Dean, who runs Inscribe Media, has been working with a number of aspiring authors on his company's online Crime Fiction Course.John is the author of 16 novels and is currently published by London-based The Book Folks. He is the creator of DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris.The…See More
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Grabbing the reader from the start

However you start your story, the beginning should have The Question, something that hooks your reader, gives them a reason to read on to page 2. You need to grab them from those first…

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Posted on August 8, 2018 at 16:00

Time to get emotional

Emotion is something of which some writers are wary, preferring to produce work without revealing too much of themselves. However, for many other writers, there cannot be fiction without a sense of themselves in it.…

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Posted on August 8, 2018 at 16:00

Writing competition is launched

Are you a budding writer with an interest in the coast and the natural or historic environment? Or do you work with young people or adults who are interested in writing?…

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Weekend writing workshop – taking inspiration from your surroundings

Seeking inspiration for your writing? Fancy writing in a 160-year-old house on a hill? Looking to learn more about how writers draw inspiration from their surroundings? Like to find a peaceful corner of a garden to write (weather permitting!)? And all with delicious home-cooked meals?…

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John Dean replied to Deborah Kaback's discussion Blizzard series
"Hi Deborah Thanks for this. The hardbook versions of the early Blizzard books (including The Latch Man) were published by Hale but are no longer in print. My new publisher the Book Folks has re-published some of the original books (reworked for a…"
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Blizzard series

I have read a number of the Blizzard series on Kindle—Strange Littke Girl,The Railway Man, The Secrets Man and The Long Dead. Got The Latch Man from a third party seller on Amazon. Are there others in the series?
Aug 8
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Weekend writing workshop – taking inspiration from your surroundings

Seeking inspiration for your writing? Fancy writing in a 160-year-old house on a hill? Looking to learn more about how writers draw inspiration from their surroundings? Like to find a peaceful corner of a garden to write (weather permitting!)? And all with delicious home-cooked meals?Then a weekend course at Kettle Knowe near Castle Douglas is for you. Best-selling crime novelist and creative writing tutor John Dean is to run a creative writing workshop at the 19th Century house on the weekend…See More
Aug 6
John Dean posted a blog post

Memories of redundancy which created a novel

The idea for my DCI John Blizzard novel A Breach of Trust, published by the Book Folks, grew through my experiences as a newspaper journalist in the eighties and nineties.During that time, I reported on many business closures, from mines to factories, shipyards to shops, and witnessed the devastating effect that they had on people and communities.As a newspaper man I myself worked at several titles which went through rounds of job cutting and each time strong emotions were evoked in the…See More
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A good place to start

As a writer, I am always inspired by a sense of place. Whether it be a gloomy city or a stunning hillside, a glass-strewn council estate or a majestic waterfall, something about my surroundings repeatedly triggers ideas.Let me take you back a few years to a hillside in the North Pennines in an attempt to show you what I mean.I…See More
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"Hi Deborah Thank you for this. Yes, working on one now but the next one to come out will be the latest in the Blizzard series, which was finished earlier in the year Thank you for all your support John"
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