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and then, And Then, AND THEN

I have a pet hate when it comes to writing. It’s a three letter word that I find, quite frankly, rude. That word is: And. Is there another word in the English language as demanding as ‘and?’ It is a question in its own right, forcing you to insert another phrase to form a full… Continue reading and then, And Then, AND THEN

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A year of lessons learnt

This time last year I was about to submit my novel for the first time. What a feeling, this incredible soap bubble of delicate hope, tipped off by nerves and just a little anguish. After all, at least one of the agents would turn me down and I had no idea how I would take… Continue reading A year of lessons learnt

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To end or to epilogue

One question looms over my head, and it’s one I’ve been avoiding: do I end my novel neatly at the final chapter, or do I add an epilogue? My gut reaction is the former, leaving enough lingering question to keep the reader guessing what may happen and give them the freedom to decide. Truth be… Continue reading To end or to epilogue

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Revenge is best served fictionalized…

    I have had an eventful Christmas break: a wonderful holiday seeing friends and family in Ireland, and some not so wonderful calamities to deal with along the way. A personal item, holding a great deal of sentimental value, was lost. Ever the opportunist I turned the latter into a chance to improve my writing,… Continue reading Revenge is best served fictionalized…