Harry Potter and the End of Chapter 3

Earlier this week, J K Rowling posted this on Twitter: Quite coincidentally, a couple of days earlier I’d just started doing what the sign said I shouldn’t; rereading Harry Potter…

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Four publishing lessons in four minutes

Four publishing lessons in four minutes

In 1995, my first novel, Telling Stories, won the Reed Fiction Award for the best unpublished novel. The prize was $5,000, a flight to the Dunedin Writers Festival to receive…

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Ian Rankin, Writer

5 Quotes from Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is author of 21 Inspector Rebus novels along with 20 others. He’s also written plays, graphic novels, short stories and an opera(!).           Photo…

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15 Famous Rejection Slips

Rejection slips are part of a writer’s landscape. All authors get them at one time or another, and they usually reflect the opinion of one particular reader — often an…

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The Lester Dent / Doc Savage Master Plot Method

Lester Dent was the real name of the author almost all of the Doc Savage novels. (They appeared under the pen name Kenneth Robeson, a creation of his publisher.) There…

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Writing with a tomato

The Pomodoro Technique is a method of time-management many writers find useful. It was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980’s and takes its name from the tomato-shaped kitchen timer…

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Advice from J K Rowling

When J K Rowling spotted a Twitter comment from @beauty_jackson that read: “HEY! YOU! You’re working on something and you’re thinking ‘Nobody’s gonna watch, read, listen’. Finish it anyway.” she…

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Check your popularity with n-grams

Y’all know about n-grams, right? Wikipedia nails ’em: … an n-gram is a contiguous sequence of n items from a given sequence of text or speech. The items can be phonemes,…

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Lee Child on writing and research

A while back I asked Lee Child a question. Not in person, but via a Goodreads author promotion, and he was gracious enough to give a detailed reply. I suspect…

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Bad writing for beginners

Toby Litt on bad writing: Bad writing is mainly boring writing. It can be boring because it is too confused or too logical, or boring because it is hysterical or…

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