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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…

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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. I…

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0 Mar 16

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 har…

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0 Mar 16

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 d…

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0 Mar 16

What makes good writing?

What makes good writing? I think good writing is good writing because it triggers responses in its readers. Readers say ‘I have been in tha…

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0 Mar 16

Where do ideas come from?

I’ve been doing a lot of teaching, and giving talks, on the idea of ideas lately and came across these excellent quotes. ·         People a…

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0 Mar 16

The unreliable narrator

I recently taught a course part of which focused on the unreliable narrator, a character who tells a story that the reader cannot take at f…

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0 Mar 16

What makes good crime fiction?

Following the news that we are to run an online crime fiction course, I thought it would be useful to look at how to write a good crime st…

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0 Mar 16

Journalism

Aside from my arts work, I am a freelance journalist - if you want to find out more, visit www.inscribemedia.co.uk

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0 Feb 18, 2011

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Novelist John Dean is running an online mentoring and writing workshop programme for aspiring authors.John, who is based in Dumfries and Galloway, has had sixteen crime novels published and is with London-based The Book Folks. He is a co-director of Inscribe Media Limited, which is running the programmes.John, who also runs creative writing courses, said: “Writing can be a lonely pastime and our programmes help writers tackle some of the many challenges that it throws up. “We focus on major…See More
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May is National Crime Readers’ Month (NCRM), a unique literary festival held throughout the UK, which promotes the crime genre, both fiction and non fiction.NCRM is designed to bring together writers and readers in order to promote the genre as a whole and writers specifically.It is co-ordinated by The Crime Writers’…See More
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Crime fiction sales hit the top of the chart

Crime novels and psychological thrillers are outselling other types of fiction for the first time, after television dramas boosted interest in the genre.In 2017, 18.7 million crime and thriller books were sold, up 19 per cent since 2015. General and literary fiction titles, which have led the market for the past 20 years, sold 18.1 million copies.Women are driving the boom, accounting for 53 per cent of crime and thriller sales. The market last year was worth £117 million, according to figures…See More
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This is an article I have just had published in Red Herrings, the magazine of the Crime Writers’ Association, of which I am a member, which I thought might interest When you talk to writers, one of the subjects that evokes some of the most passionate  debate is the blurring between reality and fiction.There are those writers who argue…See More
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