Tag Archives: editing

Tripe, anyone?

The best books in the world are heavily edited because, let’s face it, we tend to regurgitate a lot of rubbish.  We can’t all be R K Narayan and submit an almost immaculate work.  Even garnished with a slice of lemon and … Continue reading

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The Intuitive Ending

Burnt or burned?  Dreamt or dreamed?  Leant or leaned? Smelt or smelled? Leapt or leaped?  Learnt or learned? I thought I knew, exactly when to use one form over the other and then I found myself questioning it as more … Continue reading

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Book Trailers

Apparently they’re all the rage.  Nowadays, people don’t just want a blurb, they want a mini-movie-trailer to show them what they ought to be imagining.  I kid you not. All fiction books that are targeted for teens have to have a … Continue reading

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Wilting with a smile

It’s finished!  I have just this minute sent off the final draft of my novel ‘Banished’ and my head hurts, my hand hurts and my arse is sore but I am desperate to start on the next one!  Instead I … Continue reading

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Stitching and embroidering

When I get an idea in my head (for a novel) I sit at the dining table with my Stabilo 88, a pad of paper and a coffee and write frantically from start to finish.  The only pauses are for … Continue reading

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Do Spammers get Spammed?

How bizarre is it that people will actually spam to a blog?  Do they actually believe I’ll suddenly see it and say ‘Hey, wow, just the thing!  I could really do with a thingummybob and how convenient that these chaps sell them’.  Seriously?  … Continue reading

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Victory dance (x 0.5)

Earlier in the week I managed to get hold of tickets to see the preview of Shrek 4 and took the kids (OK, the kids took me!).  I managed to catch a cold off one of the other delightful cherubims in … Continue reading

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