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From novice to novelist by Christmas

March 21, 2016
Make 2016 year the year you go from being a novice writer to a novelist with the 8 Month Novel course. The first one starts next month so you could have a complete first draft of your novel by Christmas. You can get all the info on the course here and spaces are limited to just five writers.

Guest Post: Of Monsoons and Memories

March 16, 2016
My guest author today is Renita D’Silva – she’s talking about the inspiration for her debut novel, Monsoon Memories, which came out in 2014 and covers lots of my favourite elements in a novel – secrets, lies and family ties…   On freezing, windswept afternoons,

February 2016 Themed Flash Results

March 14, 2016
Thanks to everyone that entered the vanity-themed flash competition. I really enjoyed reading all of the entries and as always the quality of writing was excellent.  I’m delighted to announce the winners are… Great voice and setting details so that I was instantly transported there walking

David Gaffney and writing flash

March 11, 2016
Many thanks, David. Excellent advice around the third act.

Guest Blog: Toni Jenkins on random acts of kindness

March 10, 2016
Today’s guest blog comes from novelist, Toni Jenkins, who hails from New Zealand and now lives in Edinburgh. Her debut novel, The Sender, came out last summer and it’s a story about being kind…   Imagine if every single person on the planet carried out a random act of

Guest Blog: JM Hewitt on getting published

March 2, 2016
Delighted to have JM Hewitt, aka Jeanette, as my guest today. She’s been a strong contender in the Retreat West competitions and has just had her first crime novel published. She’s here talking about that experience and the book, which is set in Chernobyl.    My debut crime