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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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0 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. 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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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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Deborah Kaback commented on John Dean's blog post In search of an idea for a novel
"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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In search of an idea for a novel

I have just finished the first draft of a new novel. As I always do, I’ll let it rest then come back to it in a few weeks to start the edit with fresh eyes. Which means that I need an idea for the next one– and I have not got one!I have always been interested in where writers’ ideas come from. I know that some writers respond first and foremost to plots, ideas they hear or read which become the germ of a story.Some respond to characters. Maybe they see someone in the bus queue and an idea…See 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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Crime Readers’ Association well worth a look

I can heartily recommend the Crime Readers’ Association (CRA) to any fan of crime fiction, Emerging from the UK Crime Writers’ Association, of which I am a member, the CRA was set up to give readers news and information from their favourite authors along with tips for beginners working in the genre.The Crime Readers’ Association…See More
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Bringing your characters to life

Further to my recent post on reviews, The Railway Man received one on Amazon recently, which said: “The author continues to come up with great storylines and continues to develop the main characters further so it’s like you nearly seem to know them.”I am delighted that the reviewer felt able to say this. The test of an author’s…See More
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