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Veronica Henry on Trusting the Process guest authors novel writing process Apr 11, 2021

Veronica Henry is the bestselling author of romance novels and a journalist whose first novel was published in 2002. Her novel A Night on the Orient Express won The Romantic Novel of the Year...

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Sarah Winman on Still Life guest authors novel writing process Apr 04, 2021

Sarah Winman is an international bestseller and prize-winning author of When God Was a Rabbit, A Year of Marvellous Ways and Tin Man. Her debut novel (When God Was a Rabbit), won...

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Erin Kelly on the Connection Between Music and Writing guest authors novel writing process Mar 28, 2021

Erin Kelly is the author of eight novels, including bestselling psychological thrillers. Her sixth novel He Said/She Said spent six weeks in the Sunday Times top 10 bestseller...

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High-Concept Fiction high concept fiction Mar 18, 2021

From the desk of Katie Khan


The publishing industry – and Hollywood (especially Hollywood) – has come to idolize high-concept fiction in recent years.

A high concept story can...

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Val McDermid’s Crime Fiction: Narrative Structure guest authors novel writing process Mar 14, 2021

The Queen of Crime, Val McDermid has sold over 17 million books to date across the globe and is translated into more than 40 languages. She is perhaps best known for the scintillating crime stories...

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Nikesh Shukla on Writing with Soul guest authors Feb 21, 2021

Nikesh Shukla is the author of Coconut Unlimited (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award), Meatspace and the critically acclaimed The One Who Wrote Destiny. He is...

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It's a Love Story novel writing techniques romance Feb 14, 2021

The end of solitude? Or a value choice? What's behind a love story? In a time in which we are all ragged, estranged, and feeling peculiarly close-to-the-edge sentimental, our blog this week...

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Writing Dystopian Fiction novel writing techniques Feb 07, 2021

We can find much inspiration in writing dystopian fiction, and a writer’s dystopian world is a great place to exorcise fears and test solutions to our society’s crises. In short, if you...

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Literary Agent Silvia Molteni on Children’s Book Trends literary agents Jan 31, 2021

If you’re thinking of writing a children’s book, or are interested in children’s literature, you might be curious to hear about what young readers – and the literary agents...

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Emma Stonex: What to Write When You Don’t Know What to Write guest authors novel writing process Jan 24, 2021

So many writers know they want to write, but are stuck staring at a blank screen, struggling to find inspiration. They feel stuck, unable to start writing because a story hasn’t come to them...

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Ruth Hogan on Writing guest authors novel writing process Jan 17, 2021

Writing holds all kinds of magic, and often brings joy and healing in unexpected ways. It also gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in unknown worlds and get to know a whole cast of...

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The Nervous Novelist confidence meet the team positive coaching method Jan 10, 2021

Almost 99% of writers exist in a state of some doubt that they’re any good at this writing business. The other 1% aren’t very good at it. Only a fool thinks their writing is much good...

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The Gift of Writing a Novel Dec 18, 2020

If you're thinking about a gift for someone you know who loves writing, but needs a little nudge then giving them the gift of writing their own novel with a kindly nudge this season is the best...

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Meet Kate Riordan meet the team Dec 05, 2020

Author Kate Riordan writes historical fiction, mystery and suspense novels. Her first historical novel published by Penguin was hailed as a must-read for fans of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. With...

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