Category Archives: True story inspiration

Travelling to your story

The whole process of travel – on public transport, not in a car – is fraught with opportunity for storytellers.  Four flights and two train journeys in three days have made me think about the possibilities for mystery, murder, suspense … Continue reading

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“I’m not creative…”

A woman I met in Escondido – a smart, clued-in, driven business woman – told me this, with conviction. Made me want to cry, seeing her belief, and the sadness behind it. She’s not alone – I’ve heard variations on … Continue reading

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The devil is very definitely in the detail

Crime writers and gritty romance writers… have a look at this story from the BBC website today. It just shows how small an act can provoke vicious murder. An angry man, a control freak, with a knife in his hand. … Continue reading

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Got all your ideas for NaNoWriMo?

It’s on the doorstep, howling to be let in. Forget about Hallowe’en tomorrow – it’s NaNoWriMoe’en… Are you ready? Got your ideas lined up, got names for your characters and your setting? How about sub-plots and your supporting cast? Are your … Continue reading

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Sex, sorcery, sewing and sleep

Fascinating post about the way people used the night hours before artificial light became the norm. Splendid material for historical fiction – what goes on between first and second sleeps? A whole secret life, perhaps… Evan Filby, the ‘revue guru’ … Continue reading

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Lots of questions to be asked

Husband of dead woman charged with delaying her burial. Very odd. No formal cause of death has been found. Rich family. What happened? Why? The mind boggles. What do you think? Does it make you itch to know more? Could … Continue reading

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Topical bonus for crime writers

Spending cuts could banjax the justice system in England & Wales, and give crime writers a field day. (Photo credit: West Midlands Police) The government, desperate to find ways to save money, is mothballing the forensic archives and putting the … Continue reading

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