Review – Writing Fiction by James Essinger

Review – Writing Fiction by James Essinger

My Review WRITING FICTION: A USER-FRIENDLY GUIDE is a fun book about the writing of novels. It is laid out in accessible and straightforward way, taking its reader from considerations like ‘What is fiction, anyway?’ through to stuff like characters, plotting, language use and show versus tell. The book also covers some considerations about editing…

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Top 10 Authentic YA Reads You Cannot Miss

Top 10 Authentic YA Reads You Cannot Miss

All About YA … Sex, assault, cutting, eating disorders, pregnancy, race, murder, death … There are so many issues in the world that it’s confusing for adults, never mind young people! This is why I am SO passionate about contemporary YA Fiction and why I have rounded up some of my favourites below. Enjoy! 1) Just…

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All About Cover Art – Which Is Your Favourite?

All About Cover Art Have you ever decided to read a book simply because you liked the artwork on the cover? There’s a reason why! Cover art designers work tirelessly to create an attention-grabbing, marketable look that draws a reader to it. It may even be created BEFORE the book has been written. That’s how…

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The Dark Side of Social Media in THE OTHER TWIN

Something a little different today … Here’s an interview I did with the awesomely prolific Rachel Amphlett, author of the Kay Hunter Series (amongst others!). Make sure you check her books out. Over to you, Rachel! 1) Like me, you’re a huge fan of thrillers. What attracted you to writing in the crime/thriller genre? Was…

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My Loves And Hates In The Writing Process

1) Are you a plotter or pantser? I’m a trained screenwriter and work as a script editor now, so spend all day with screenplays. On this basis, I have to be a plotter – I don’t know any different! I get everything done a LOT quicker if I know what actually needs doing. In my…

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The ‘Best of’ Everything (According To Me)

When Vicki from Off The Shelf Books challenged me recently to come up with my ‘best of’ favourites for everything from authors to snacks, it’s fair to say I struggled a little picking just one! Chew on these for size … Here’s my fave: … author I can have only one?? Blimey. I love most…

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BEST OF 3: Awesome diverse characters of all time

As a script editor for movies and short film, I noticed a long time ago there’s a kind of homogenisation of characters in stories. Too often, stories are white, male, heterosexual and abilitity-centric, marginalising all others as being representative of ‘issues’. It’s for this reason I wrote my latest non-fiction book, Writing Diverse Characters In…

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