Category Archives: My writing techniques

Developing blog posts as I write a novel

In the past, I have developed and written my blog posts about my novels after the novel has been written. This has involved me going back over parts of the novel and my notes, trying to find things to write … Continue reading

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How long are you prepared to wait for your favourite authors’ next book?

Do you want your favourite author to take as long as necessary to write their next blockbuster? Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison famously can take anywhere from 5 to 10 years to deliver a novel, and it tells in … Continue reading

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People I admire: Solange (Sonia) Pierre

I don’t quite remember when it was that I first heard the stories of the bateyes of the Dominican Republic, and the Dominican born children of Haitian descent, many of whom live in these farm workers settlements and were effectively … Continue reading

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What is the right balance between the setting/atmosphere of a novel and the dramatic elements?

In “Writing Fiction”, Janet Burroway speaks of a scene as being like an oyster. The atmosphere and setting of the scene makes up the meat of the oyster, and the dramatic elements make up the pearl. As any pearl diver … Continue reading

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Author’s Research – before or after the first draft of your manuscript?

I recently finished the first draft of my next novel, provisionally titled The Disease. For my previous two published novels, I did a great deal of the research before I started to write. In the case of Secrets From The … Continue reading

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How soon should an author change the genre of their novels?

I am deciding on which novel to work on next, and one of the choices involves a shift in genres, so I would like your help on making the decision as to what is an appropriate time to shift genres. … Continue reading

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To create natural conflict in your story, insert a major difference between your main characters

Shirley Valentine, from the Willy Russell play, is at heart adventurous and yearning for excitement in her life. This is shown best by putting her with an unadventurous husband, and it leads to conflict in their relationship because of their … Continue reading

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Splitting a theme from a well-known event and using it in your story

The best themes in my view have a level of universality about them, in that they can be applied to more than one human story. If that is the case, we should be able to split off a theme from … Continue reading

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Why should the reader care?

Recently, I asked a reviewer I met on KUForum if she would like to review my novel, Secrets From The Dust. She replied to say that it was not the sort of book she normally read, but she would have … Continue reading

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