WRITING STIMULI

To find but not discover. I often visit Jersey. (If you are not from the UK, this is an island nearer France than England with its own government and personality. It is not in the UK, but a crown dependency – in fact a bailiwick. From time to time, little[…]

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Believability depends on accuracy

Why careful research is vital I’m writing my 12th book, but the one I’ve felt most attached to is Book 3 of my historical trilogy set in 1937-1951, A Relative Invasion. I called Book 3 “Impact” – indicating the dramatic outcome of the two main characters’ lives to date. Whereas[…]

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On writing a trilogy.

Advice for writers typically suggests that a series works best for indies. Does it make sense for the first three in the series to form a trilogy? Not always… A trilogy suggests an entity like the three-movement sonata in music, or the triptych in art. The form must be complete,[…]

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Characters save plot

Period crime drama serial Dandelion Dead with Michael Kitchen and Sarah Miles was presented some while ago as a TV mini-series. I binge-watched one wet night. It held my attention until the end. And what an end! Its impact entirely depended on the strength of a minor character’s acting ability[…]

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PSYCHOLOGICAL SERIES – some problems

How to keep track of everyone’s story This series begins with one character, Terry, and his awkward wife but then he spots his double… and his life unfolds into unbelievable complexity. FROM THIS POINT ON THE WRITER NEEDS TO KEEP TRACK OF THE EVENTS AND THE CONSEQUENCES TO LAY OUT[…]

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Marketing for Fiction Writers

All writers need good marketing and there are plenty of contenders on the net offering help or tools towards marketing for fiction writers. You know the usual approach, an email with video offer: a video that begins with 20 minutes of insistent voice outlining typical author problems, another 10 minutes[…]

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Psychological fiction

What are they thinking? Inside UNCOMMON RELATIONS I write psychological fiction: that is, narratives that emphasize the interior lives of the characters—not just what they do, but why? What are they thinking and what circumstances has prompted them to behave as they do? The reader is invited to delve into[…]

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