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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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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 do you create them? Here’s some thoughts: * Maybe base them on…Continue

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A festival for crime fiction and non-fiction fans

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’ Association, which was founded in 1953 by author John Creasey and which also runs sister organisation the Crime Readers’ Association.I am delighted to be taking part in NCRM and…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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Keeping it real

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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A glimpse into the mind of a writer

Emotion is something of which some writers are wary, preferring to produce work without revealing too much of themselves.However, for many other writers, there cannot be fiction without a sense of themselves in it.For some authors, there is always part of them peering through, their fears, their hopes, their aspirations, their take on life. They may not say ‘and this is me’ but it is there all the same. For many authors, writing has to be a deeply personal art.Of course, it is not all…See More
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Author to talk at festival

Join crime writer John Dean at the Darlington Arts Festival Literary Day on Saturday May 26. John, the creator of the DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series, who has had 16 novels published and is currently with The Book Folks of London, will talk about where his ideas come from.Price: Free event, no booking requiredPlace: Library Room at Friends Meeting House, SkinnergateDate and time: 26th May 4pm-5pmFull programme details at…See More
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Crime writing course is launched

Crime novelist and creative writing tutor John Dean has launched an online Crime Fiction Course.John, author of 12 novels published by Robert Hale, and the creator of DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris, also runs Inscribe Media Ltd, which is based in Darlington in North East England, which will be offering the course.The online course, which runs in eight parts and can begin at a time and date to suit the student, will help writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of…See More
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Where do writers' ideas come from?

For some writers, stories always start with a place, somewhere that strikes them  so forcibly that the story unfolds around them.Other writers start with a character, someone so interesting, so intriguing that they can almost tell the story on their own.Other writers begin with the story itself, an idea inspired by a newspaper snippet, something someone says, a sudden sense of ’what if?’Some write for additional reasons, to get a point over, to add to our knowledge of the world or to make us…See More
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Raising a laugh

There’s an old saying that if you are not a humorous person, don’t try to write humour.Well, it is only part-true. It is certainly the case that a straight-laced, humourless person might well struggle to write side-splitting comedy but if you are an author, that might not be a good enough excuse.Why? Because humour is vital to creating good fiction. Even if you are not writing an out-and-out comic piece, humour has a role to perform.For a start, it can create light against the dark. Take an…See More
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A festival for crime fiction and non-fiction fans

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.…

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Posted on April 19, 2018 at 11:00

Crime fiction prize longlist is published

Big hitters including Lee Child, Ian Rankin and Val McDermid feature on the longlist for the most prestigious crime writing prize in the country.

The prize was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction and is open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018.

2018 marks the 14th year of the …

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Posted on April 16, 2018 at 15:00

Author to give talk in Wigtown

Best-selling crime writer John Dean is to give a talk to the Mystery Readers’ Group at Wigtown Library in Dumfries and Galloway on Monday 28…

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Posted on April 16, 2018 at 12:15

How to create strong characters

You can create the finest landscapes, the greatest stories, the most remarkable writing but you can not make your stories live unless you have characters. They are your vehicle to tell the story.

Characters have jobs to do within the story, making things…

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A festival for crime fiction and non-fiction fans

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’ Association, which was founded in 1953 by author John Creasey and which also runs sister organisation the Crime Readers’ Association.I am delighted to be taking part in NCRM and…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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Keeping it real

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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A glimpse into the mind of a writer

Emotion is something of which some writers are wary, preferring to produce work without revealing too much of themselves.However, for many other writers, there cannot be fiction without a sense of themselves in it.For some authors, there is always part of them peering through, their fears, their hopes, their aspirations, their take on life. They may not say ‘and this is me’ but it is there all the same. For many authors, writing has to be a deeply personal art.Of course, it is not all…See More
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Author to talk at festival

Join crime writer John Dean at the Darlington Arts Festival Literary Day on Saturday May 26. John, the creator of the DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series, who has had 16 novels published and is currently with The Book Folks of London, will talk about where his ideas come from.Price: Free event, no booking requiredPlace: Library Room at Friends Meeting House, SkinnergateDate and time: 26th May 4pm-5pmFull programme details at…See More
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