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‘It’s all about what you do with the small moments’

There’s a trick to bringing your writing to life, to making it leap off the page, and lodge itself in your reader’s imagination and memory, and it’s all about what you do with the small moments, with the telling details. Description will always play a crucial role in fiction, but there is a sparseness about […]

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Read the Record Breaker

The Specsavers County Championship got underway again in some typical English summer weather. For those who like a long, lazy spell of leisurely festival cricket, Essex’s trip to Scarborough didn’t provide quite what you might have wanted – except for the away fans who were able to celebrate victory inside two days. Yorkshire’s batting – […]

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Second Test v South Africa 2017

After England’s strong performance in the first Test at Lord’s, there was no surprise they kept the same side for Trent Bridge. However, South Africa made three changes. Skipper Faf du Plessis was available again and came in for J-P Duminy; Kagiso Rabada was banned for a match and his place went to Duanne Olivier, […]

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Hales Storms Durham to Defeat

Tuesday provided two thrillers in the NatWest t20 Blast. At Northampton, Warwickshire won by 2 runs as the hosts narrowly failed to chase down 172 for nine, while at Southampton, Hampshire were five short of Kent’s total of 159 for six. Shahid Afridi took four for 26, but strangely wasn’t used in the run chase, […]

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The Venice that inspired CITY OF MASKS

Author SD Sykes introduces the Venice that has inspired her latest novel, City of Masks. The approach from the sea.  My first visit to Venice was in 1982, and we had crossed the modern road bridge by car and then parked near the railway station. I’m not criticizing this way of approaching Venice, except that […]

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‘You won’t always find the answers on the page’

 Understanding the different types of Writer’s Block  from Get Started In Writing a Novel by Stephen May, Nigel Watts And Jodie Daber   Technical and non-technical writer’s block When Nigel Watts wrote the first edition of Get Started in Writing A Novel, he identified two types of writer’s block: technical and non-technical. He asserted that […]

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‘Ten things to do if you are stuck’

  Simply ask yourself, ‘What happens next’? from Write a Novel in 10 Minutes a Day by Katherine Grubb   Ten things to do if you are stuck  Just simply ask yourself, ‘What happens next?’ Review your notes. Do a free write on anything: the main character, the supporting characters, the setting, the plot or […]

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‘Disconnect from the internet’

The most interesting conversations between an agent and an author are about the writing process. Or even better, the pre-writing process: that moment when a client asks you “What should I write next? I’m lost!” or says “I have this wonderful idea, I’ve tried, but I’m blocked, I can’t go on, what should I do?”. […]

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‘How to address a writing problem you can’t solve’

  Addressing a lack of motivation  from Your Writing Coach by Jurgen Wolff   Sometimes your lack of motivation doesn’t have anything to do with your mental or physical state, it comes from feeling frustrated that there is a writing problem you can’t solve. For those times, I have six strategies for you to put […]

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‘Some of my most productive writing venues include planes, trains and airports’

  How do you beat writer’s block? By being on the move. Ideas often come to me when I am travelling (and when I’m scuba diving, hiking or practising ballroom dancing). The final series of twists in my novel Yesterday, for instance, came to me during a train ride from London to Winchester. Some of […]

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‘There’s no such thing as writer’s block’

  I used to be a big believer in writer’s block and then I attended a screenwriting course by a big name screen writer where he said, ‘There’s no such thing as writer’s block there’s only under-plotting.’ As soon as he said it I realised he was right. Every time I’ve thought I had writer’s […]

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How Do I Outsmart Writer’s Block?

Take a piece of paper and a pen – or a felt tip and a whiteboard – and take a potent word from your last piece of writing. Write it in the middle of the page and circle it. Now start free-associating outwards, in chains of words and spider diagrams. Open up your mind to […]

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