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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

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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

Started Mar 16

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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Depicting conflict in fiction

I am returning to a familiar theme for this blog because it will form part of my theme for the talks I give for Book Week Scotland in late November (details to be announced).The week’s theme is rebellion which for writers means depicting conflict. As you can imagine, I write a lot about conflict!But why is conflict important in writing? 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…See More
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So where do story ideas come from?

Just lately, I’ve been doing a lot of teaching, and giving a number of talks, on the idea of ideas and during my research I came across these excellent quotes:People always want to know: Where do I get my ideas? They're everywhere. I'm inspired by people and things around me. (Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet)My standard answer is "I don't know where they come from, but I know where they come to, they come to my desk." If I'm not there, they go away again, so you've got to sit and think. (Philip…See More
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Celebrating Libraries Week

 This week is national Libraries Week (8–13 October), which affords us all an opportunity to celebrate the nation’s much-loved libraries.Libraries are about so much more than books and this year, with a focus on wellbeing, libraries across the country are showcasing how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide…See More
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Focusing once more on the golden rules of writing

I have today started teaching a new creative writing class at Kirkudbright Galleries and, as ever when starting new classes, it has focused my mind on my golden rules for writing, which have been learned from watching skilled editors at work on my manuscripts over the years:* Consider the reader - do not write for yourself,…See More
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Exploring human passions in fiction

I am developing a talk that examines writers’ fascination with the way people flout convention, be it legal, ethical or moral. The talk has been inspired, in part, by my…

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Posted on October 18, 2018 at 14:10

Thinking differently

I have always thought - and I know I will be shot down for this in some quarters - that writers view the world differently to a lot of people.

Talking to writers certainly bears that out, though, the way a word, a phrase, an image, an idea can create a train of thought that evolves…

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Posted on October 18, 2018 at 13:42

Depicting conflict in fiction

I am returning to a familiar theme for this blog because it will form part of my theme for the talks I give for Book Week Scotland in late November (details to be announced).

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Posted on October 17, 2018 at 10:29

Memories, memories...

I am interested in the journeys that writers take to their chosen way of life.

My passion for writing stretches back to my childhood. I was fortunate in…

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