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James Patterson knows…

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Five tips to make readers love your characters

Jen Blood, writing on the Creative Penn’s blog today, explains five ways to make readers come back to your characters, book after book, episode after episode… “From television to movie franchises to fiction in every genre imaginable, the world loves … Continue reading

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Prof. Stanley Unwin’s worms of wisdy

If you’re uncertain of your English usage, or you wonder how to manipulate the language of Shakespeare, Milton and EL James to best effect, or want a giggle, have a look at this. Bloggage from the grale beyonders, sprinkly wise … Continue reading

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John Cleese on creativity

Brain Pickings provides us with John Cleese‘s inspirational, practical and funny lecture on being creative. He insists it isn’t a talent, but a way of operating. Read more here.

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What people really want from authors

Author Kate Harrison has done her own survey on people’s reading habits – what they love, loathe, buy and borrow, what they recommend and why. Fascinating and informative for writers, publishers and other readers. Amongst other questions, Kate asked which three … Continue reading

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…should cockroaches eat the last few pages

“Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat … Continue reading

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