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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

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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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When ideas find you

As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I’ve been doing a lot of teaching on the idea of ideas lately and among the quotes I came across during my research was “People always want to know: Where do I get my ideas? They're everywhere. I'm inspired by people and things around me” from Gwendolyn Brooks, an American poet.That is certainly true for me. Ideas can come from a…See More
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Creating tension in crime fiction

As part of my work, I am often hired to assess aspiring authors’ manuscripts and one of the recurring themes that crops up in the reports that I write is how to build tension.

Tension is crucial in crime fiction but…

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How landscape inspire writers

As I have said in previous blogs, I have always believed that a writer is influenced to some degree by where they live and work. I know it is a gross generalisation but I am sure that a writer writing in a dark, cold landscape produces different fiction than one in a bright sunny one.…

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Triggering ideas

I am preparing a writing workshop which focuses on ideas and which will attempt to spark some ideas for stories from those present in the room.

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