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‘There must be very high physical stakes for the victim for a crime novel to work’

The four central requirements of crime fiction from Masterclass: Writing Crime Fiction by Rosemary Rowe What is crime fiction? There is no single answer and even the classic types of this richly diverse genre – from whodunnit to howdunnit to whydunnit – can be broken down into subdivisions or their boundaries blurred. What matters, though, is […]

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‘Playing to your strengths instead of trying to make yourself “fit” will help your writing be authentic’

There are established conventions within each genre, (such as crime, sci-fi, romance etc.) and it’s well worth researching these genres to see what’s expected. Once you know the rules, you can decide whether to follow them, or subvert them. In choosing a specific genre or style it’s also worth considering how you think – do […]

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‘You can only challenge or break the rules of each genre when you know what they are’

How do I write in my chosen genre? I trust my instincts when it comes to crafting layers of suspense. Where to start or end each chapter, for instance. I also read a lot of psychological thrillers, suspense novels and police procedurals before I began writing Yesterday (a high-concept thriller about a murder which happens […]

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‘Try to boil down your plot into a one-line pitch’

You’re thinking of writing a genre novel. It could be a razor-sharp thriller, a heart-warming love story or a fantasy novel that’s out of this world. So where do you start? How do you stand out from the crowd? How much should you defy convention – if at all? I imagine these are the sorts […]

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‘Take what you know and love and make it your own’

So, you want to write a novel but you don’t know what kind; where do you start? You’ve been looking around and you see a lot about the ‘rules of fiction’ but what are these rules, and do they actually matter? If you’ve decided that a police procedural is what you want to write then […]

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How Do I Write in my Chosen Genre?

Devote five minutes to writing down everything you observe with your senses – all you can see, hear, feel, smell and taste – and another minute of what’s called kinaesthesia: how your shoulder knows you’ve got your head cocked to one side, the pressure between your knees where you’ve crossed them, the way the table-edge […]

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9 surprising facts you never knew about the Tudors

Henry VIII kept his dead brother Arthur’s clothes in his private wardrobe, right up until his own death. Henry VIII suffered from such severe constipation that his doctors regularly administered enemas, which were made from pig’s bladders. During her nine-day reign, 16-year-old Lady Jane Grey wore high heels in an attempt to appear more ‘queenly’. […]

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Meet Andrzej Sapkowski on his UK Tour!

Gollancz are delighted to announce that Andrzej Sapkowski, author of the much bellowed Witcher series, inspiration behind The Witcher games, will be visiting the UK this March and touring around the country to meet fans and share all there is to know about Ciri, Yennefer, and Geralt of Rivia. His tour will come in combination […]

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Happy Publication Day 9th March 2017!

We’ve got a little bit of everything for you this week. It’s paperback time, which means affordable and portable reading is at your fingertips! Even more so if you include our audio release! We’ve got multi-award-nominated short fiction, mind-expanding science fiction, and more of the fantasy series that inspired the mega hit game The Witcher! […]

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Anthony Riches on why we’re all fascinated by Ancient Rome

Rome is that rare thing from a writing perspective – an apparent sure-fire winner when it comes to making books sell. There are others – the Tudors stand out given recent successes – but Rome just seems to keep on giving. For whatever reason – TV series, gladiators, Gladiator (see what I did there?) we […]

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‘Genre is the bounded canvas on which good authors are able to innovate’

Genre matters. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. Each genre has a particular style, flow, set of conventions, and means of communicating essential ideas to its audience. Take, for instance, my genre, crime fiction. Clearly this popular genre has many well-worn tropes – the jaded, maverick detective; the serial killer picking off victims one […]

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‘Think visually; using a seed image to find inspiration’

Adapted from Complete Screenwriting Course   Ideas can come from anywhere and everywhere. They surface unexpectedly and partly formed, born out of your feelings, memories, concerns, experiences, to make themselves available for use. And one of the primary jobs of a creative artist is to nourish the process and encourage it to bring us its […]

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