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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

Started Sep 12, 2018

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, 2018

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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I was writing the other day and part of the novel deals with a character dying from a serious bronchial illness, fighting for every breath.My detectives go to see him only to discover that, since they last met him, he has died. I found myself writing (slightly changed as the original contained crucial plot information) “Five minutes later, the officers were seated in the living room, acutely aware that his chair was empty and that the oxygen cannister had gone. They could see the ring on the…See More
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Really excited to have been invited to be a guest at the Selkirk Speakers Club with fellow crime writer Ian Patrick at the Selkirk Arms in Kirkudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, on the evening of Thursday February 7, 2019 at 7pmThe format is a buffet supper followed by an informal chat with myself and Ian as we talk about our crime writing.See More
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The Devil’s in the detail

I was writing the other day and part of the novel deals with a character dying from a serious bronchial illness, fighting for every breath.

My detectives go to see him only to discover that, since they last met him, he has died. I found myself writing (slightly changed as the original contained crucial plot information) “Five minutes later, the officers were seated in the living room, acutely aware that his chair was empty and that the oxygen cannister had gone. They could see the…

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Delighted to say that the new Blizzard crime novel is now out in paperback as well as e-book…

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Delighted to say that the Jack Harris mystery To Honour the Dead, set in the world of war veterans, is on special offer at the moment …

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Posted on January 14, 2019 at 13:34

Building tension in your writing

I have just written this for aspiring writers who joined the Crime Readers’ Association (if you not done so, I heartily recommend it, more on https://thecra.co.uk/) and thought  it might interest.

 

As part of my work, I am often hired to assess aspiring authors’ manuscripts, including for the Crime Writers’ Association, and one of the recurring themes that crops up in the feedback that I give is how to build tension.

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