Saturday, 29 November 2008

Fuel wonderful fuel

We have wood!

We have wondeful fuel and now we can be warm. A metric tonne of assorted wood arrived and now I'm shifting as much as I can into the wood store before it rains. The rest will have to remain under tarpaulin until I can get to it.

Mind you, the weather is better here than some places in Spain. Apparently the dreaded white stuff has been lurking. We sometimes see it on the mountain peaks that surround us, but for some reason other places have it this time.... Let them keep it.

Walking the streets.

We're supposed to be travelling to Benidorm tomorrow to find a birthday present for a friend who'll be hitting a rather big one in a few days. I just hope it doesn't chuck it down with rain (or worse) whilst we're traipsing around the streets.

I don't think I'll be sitting on the sea-front with a café-con-leché and brandy, watching the world go by this time - maybe tucked away somewhere warm, deep inside....


End of post - Fule wonder fuel.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Spain can be damn cold

With a bit of luck the fuel for the wood-burner will arrive this morning. If it doesn't it won't be long before we feel the cold.

Gas now cost 50euros for a large bottle for central heating and we use a bottle every five days when it's cold - very expensive.

I've managed to cut up some dead-wood from the surrounding area, so it's supplimented the heating bill somewhat, but we've had to succumb and place an order because I can't keep pace - we're using wood a lot faster than we hoped - the weather has turned into a damp cold that gets into your bones.

For those who think Spain is wonderfully warm all year around - forget it. Winters can be cold and houses aren't insulated like the civilized world. You can't get into the concrete roofspace to lay insulation - so when it's cold -its damn cold.

The wood should have arrived yesterday, but wouldn't you know, rain came down in buckets and it couldn't be delivered because it was soaking wet. I just hope it's dried sufficiently overnight.

It's windy (and perishing) this morning so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will be here soon.

End of post - Spain can be damn cold

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Writing is lonely

Thanks to a very considerate wife, I'm able to devote a few hours each day to writing.

Yet, hours spent alone at my computer usually propagate emotions of self-reproach - remorse for not spending time with her - guilt for not building yet another wall, shame for not painting the villa that I know she wants painting. Maybe this anxiety is widespread among writers. It would be terrible to be the only person who feels like this…. but I need my own space, I WANT to write, if I don't find time to write, I feel deprived. We should all be able to do the things WE want at some time during the day. After all, what are we here for, to everything that others want and nothing for ourselves?

So, fellow authors, let's raise a glass or two to wives who understand that writing is necessary to us, and on occasions even makes us better…. in some way.

But I still feel guilty about those damn walls.

End of post - Writing is lonely

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

A holiday poem

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Asked to write a poem
As an exercise at my local writer's circle we were asked to write a poem. I've never thought of myself as a poet, so it was good to be pushed into an area that I wasn't comfortable with. I based the poem on life experience.
A number of years ago, we booked a holiday in an area of Turkey that was newly opened to tourism. I was devastated with my first sight of the resort. I thought it looked like a third-world bombsite.
The next day, however, we saw it in a completely different light; quaint, original, and unspoilt. From then on we thoroughly loved the place. I decided to write this poem as an expression of those thoughts.
A Turkish Holiday
Exhilaration and trepidation, then on first sight, demoralization,
Waited months and built up hopes,
Wanted sun, not skiing slopes,
Wanted warmth from land, from hands,
Hoped and dreamed of stretched out sands,

But hopes are dashed, as reality clashed, with the brochure’s hash.

Relaxation brings revitalization, and no longer tired, a realization,
That eyes are fresh under warming sun,
Not tired from travel, not devoid of fun,
And poolside seats and a friendly face,
And an eager charm, make a saving grace.
Now hopes are raised, are more in phase, with the brochure’s phrase.

Exhilaration and animation, days of bliss and exploration,
Found new friends and found new ground,
And loved each day, and can’t understand,
Just why I thought, that I had bought,
A week of hell in tired old shorts.
First impressions were false perceptions of the brochure’s conceptions.

Happy Holiday!
Hope you liked my little poem .... well more of a ditty I suppose. I enjoyed doing it. I might try more at a later date.
End of post - A holiday poem

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Without Reproach - First Three chapters FREE

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Romantic Suspense - Free

Loads of you have been asking me to present the first chapter of my romantic suspense novel, Without Reproach, so you can see what it's about. I suppose it's no different than browsing through a book before you buy.

I have to admit I was a bit hesitant about it - but I bow to your wishes - after all, I don't suppose I'd ever buy a book without skimming a few pages.. So, you asked for it - I've made it available.

If you go to Scribd you can read THREE CHAPTERS - all quite free and easy. Please do it and let me know what you think.

End of post - Without Reproach - First three chapters FREE.

Monday, 24 November 2008

When to submit your manuscript

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I'm always telling newbie writers to edit, edit, and edit again. Too many writers submit their stories in the full flood of passion - believing their words to be magical.

Submit your manuscript

The moment of high-passion is the wrong time to submit your precious manuscript, you should put it away for a period of time - a couple of months if possible, then read through it again with fresh eyes. It's surprising how those magical words suddenly appear rather timid and powerless.

It's not the time to throw the manuscript away though. It isn't the moment to discover you can't write worth a jot. It's a moment of revelation. You have become a writer. You now see your mistakes. You perceive the error of your words. It's a time to rejoice because you've seen the light. Now is the time to edit the damn thing until it shines.

Be your own Critic

Self-analysis is the state writers should strive for. Become your own worst critic, and you'll not go far wrong. Search for those awkward passages, for the dreaded 'purple prose' and dump them.

You MUST hone your work, you must edit and edit… but when is the right time to stop all this polishing. I can’t answer that. I just know there’s a time when I say, enough is enough and send the damn thing off. I always want to change it afterwards, mind….

To put it in context, I came across a pearl of wisdom today and I simply have to share it….

  • “When one tries TOO hard to seek perfection, the most apparent thing is the blemish.”
So polish it until it shines - but there's a point when it can't gleam any brighter... the trick is knowing when....
End of the post - When to submit your manucript

Friday, 21 November 2008

BookSwim, a novel idea

Here’s a new idea.


Readers take note! BookSwim is an online rental and delivery service for books. If you’re too pushed to go to the library, this is a fascinating option, which delivers books-for-rent right to your doorstep.

No late fees.

Here’s how it operates: Readers order books online from BookSwim and receive them through the mail. They can choose between options that would allow them to receive from three to 11 books at a time. These books can be kept for as long as the reader likes with no late fees.

When finished with at least a couple of books, the reader returns them to BookSwim in a pre-paid return bag that comes with every shipment.

Readers who enjoy their books and don’t want to part with them have the option to purchase.

Unfortunately, it’s only available in the US at the moment – but who knows…

End of post - BookSwim, a novel idea

Amanda Morgan, The Lights of Home

A resident of Sandy, Oregon, Ms. Amanda Morgan has had her novel, The Lights of Home, accepted and published by OakTara of Virginia.

Amanda Morgan’s story is of an archaeologist who inherits a bed and breakfast in north-central Washington, and her experiences in this new neighbourhood.

Morgan thanks her late father for stimulating her with tales of life in Washington. It seems it's almost a family business, because her sister, Lynne Wenick, designed the book jacket for Amanda - well done all!
Degree in archaeology
Morgan, like her main protagonist, was an archaeologist. She received a degree in anthropology from the University of Oregon and a master's in archaeology from the University of Sheffield in England.

Morgan is working on a prequel to her novel.
End of the post - Amanda Morgan, The Lights of Home

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Mark Tucker, "The Chair"

Three novels
A 52-year-old native of Brazil, Dr. Mark Tucker has written three novels, one of which was a romance-comedy and another plotted around a detective, however, until now, none of them have been published.
Tucker's novel, The Chair, has recently been accepted and published by Tate Publishing And Enterprises LLC.
Thirteen years
He said the writing for The Chair came quite easily. However, it sat gathering dust for 13 years before he took the plunge to try to get it published.
Mark was born in Brazil in 1956 and graduated from Brazil High School in 1974 and attended Brigham Young University before going to Indiana State University, earning a bachelor's degree in biology.
While at ISU, Tucker said his passion for writing scratched and clawed its way to the surface. He said he was inspired to write after putting together a paper for a psychology class at the school.
He earned his masters degree in biochemistry and his Doctorate in pharmacology.
In 2003, he retired from the medical field to focus on his writing career.
Good on you Mark. Way to go!
End of post - Mark Tucker, "The Chair"

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Will publishers accept a book submission by email

Hello, AJ, I love your blogs. If you post this I shall know it’s for real.

Publish a book.

My question is this. I need to find a publisher to publish my book.
It’s somewhere about 10 to 13 chapter and I think it’s ready (I’ve followed your advice in your other posts). Now I would like to find a publisher that I could just send the book to by e-mail. Does this ever happen, or do you have to go and meet them and talk about it? If you have any ideas or know of a publisher that would want to publish a fiction adventure book, please, please, let me know!

  • Email, snail-mail
  • Hi, Clara. In general my submission letters have always been by email. However, my last publisher wanted two hard copies and a disc copy after acceptance. I was lucky enough to live not too far from the publishing house and was able to hand it over personally, but if you don’t want to do that, what’s wrong with snail-mail? Some of my short stories went by snail-mail, it just takes a little longer that’s all.

  • When it came to editing the actual book, it was done entirely by email. The editor would send me a query about a certain part, and I would either alter or discuss what needed to be done. The chapters flew back and forth over the ether until they were dizzy.
    I'd suggest that most publishers would be similar. For a list of publishers try or similar, and after choosing, ask their permission.
  • Next post on Tell Me a Stort - Azincourt.
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End of, Will publishers accept a book submission by email

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Monday, 17 November 2008

Book Review, Azincourt.

Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell.
In his latest book, Cornwell focuses interest on Henry V's almost unbelievable triumph over the French.
It must have been quite a quandary for him, deciding how to turn such a well-known story into something new and exhilarating.
Thankfully, Cornwell is a master of words.
The novel concentrates on individuals instead of the history-book version we’ve probably had stuffed down our throats. This creates impact and believability.
Ordinary medieval men and women
The tale follows Nick Hook, an English longbow man, and successfully places the victory at Agincourt into social perspective. We take a peep behind the lives of ordinary medieval men and women, at their faith, and the battle between the heretical Lollard beliefs and the Church.
Corwell weaves all of these convincingly into the fabric of the story. Taking his past performance into account, it will come as no surprise that the battle scenes are strongly and persuasively portrayed.
All in all this is a masterpiece well worth the read.
End of - Book Review, Azincourt.

Holiday is over.

Well that's it for a while -end of holiday -back to reality.

We've just had a few days off and zipped over to Benidorm - full board, 4 star hotel - a snip at this time of the year - nice. We live about 45 minutes away, so it wasn't exactly a hard days travel - and it made a real change to be pampered.

We took in a few shows, saw an amazing firework display, sipped coffee and brandy a few mornings on the trot -and did a spot of people watching. Great stuff.

Sorry if you've missed my posts, but it doesn't do to let the world know you're not going to be home, not everyone is scrupulous....

End of - Holiday is over.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Lindsey Mackie, début novel

Début novel

A mother-of-two will be pushing the boat out next week when her début novel is published . There will probably be one heck of a get-together at Gerrards Cross Church of England Primary School where she's planning a celebration .... and so she should.

Set in 2050

Lindsey Mackie, of Windsor Road, Gerrards Cross, spent three years following her lines of investigation and writing 'ASO', a novel set in 2050, when climate change and a scarcity of food and resources has totally changed the way society behaves.
'ASO', published by Trubidor, is obtainable from the Gerrards Cross bookshop, Packhorse Road, where Mrs Mackie will be signing copies on December.
Good luck, Lindsey Mackie. I wish you well. JK Rowling felt just the same with her first book …. And look at her now.

End of - Lindsey Mackie, début novel

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

A book for the New Year

Books are always exciting.

If you're thinking of purchasing a book for the New Year and don't know where to turn for a new author, may I tentatively suggest you look at the first chapter of Without Reproach FREE here on MY WEB before going elsewhere.

Don't be disappointed for the New Year

I know it's a bit cheeky suggesting it, but unless you look you'll never know - and IF you're interested, please bear in mind that Amazon has already run out of my book once. Please don't leave it too late and be disppointed ....

  1. Next post on Tell Me a Story - Qualifications
  2. My other blog - Bedlam

End of post - A Book For the New Year

Monday, 10 November 2008

Qualification for writing?

Hello AJ, I have two questions.
The first one is, if somebody had no prior writing "qualification", is it impossible for that person to ever be published? I have a science degree and have never taken a writing class but have spent my whole life writing. I've been honing my 'craft' by sharing my work with other writers on the net and listening to their suggestions and incorporating most of them. Do people have to have writing experience that can be seen on paper?
Writing Qualification.
Hello Diamond-Raven. Thank you for the questions.
Having a recognized qualification in creative writing certainly isn’t a prerequisite to becoming published; originality of ideas and enthusiasm are factors that are more important.
Having said that, publishers are a funny old lot. Sometimes they’ll only consider you if you have experience, yet how can you get experience without getting published? I solved it by writing for magazines for years. There are always ways to get noticed, the Internet is an excellent medium.

Having said that, an understanding of techniques is necessary in order to impart those ideas successfully. I generally advise new writers to purchase a textbook, or take a course on creative writing. It can save years of frustration wondering why your work isn’t acceptable. Writing is a craft that can be taught - that's the qualification you need. When the craft reaches publication standard, it becomes an art.

Bullying and homophobia
AJ, my second question is a bit more sensitive in nature. I have been wanting to write a book loosely based on my experiences in high school as an atypical student and now as a teacher. Specifically, I want to address issues of bullying and homophobia in schools. Both of these issues are such important issues these days (and to me on a very personal level), but I feel that few books accurately portray either of these topics. However, I know the story would definitely be stepping on some conservative toes. Is it better to simply not bother trying to publish books that discuss issues that so many people are still highly polarized on or would I have a chance?
The issue of content is irrelevant. If you find a subject important, chances are so will millions of others. The days of censorship are long gone thank goodness. Treading on toes is no bad idea; in fact the more controversial you are, the more likely you'll reach the readership you're after.
    Connected to that, do you believe that writing books that question things in our society today actually achieve anything? Do you believe that books have the power to actually reach the people at whom the messages in the books are aimed? 
    Raven, writing books that raise important issues, question moralities, or query society is surely the right of a free society. Questioning what we do is the only way to advance. The power of books is paramount, isn’t that what book burning was about in dictator-led communities – the sure knowledge that books can and do influence the way people think?
    Never underestimate the power of the written word. Even in these days of alternative communications such as TV, radio and the Internet, books are still extremely important.
    I hope this has gone a small way towards answering your questions, Diamond-Raven. Good luck with your work.

      End of - Qualification for writing?

      Sunday, 9 November 2008

      Without Reproach, a Contemporary Romance Novel?

      Hi AJ. I've seen a couple of press articles about you. I wondered howcome, as a man, you decided to write your novel, Without Reproach, as a Contemporary Romance novel? Isn't this a little unusual? I've toyed with the idea of buying it, but am unsure of what to expect.

      Contemporary Romance Novel
      Hi Cheryl. Nice of you to drop by. Thank you.
      First of all I'd just like to say, if you're interested in taking it further, I've posted the first chapter on my website, so if you want to check it out to see if it's for you, click here on Without Reproach.
      When I started 'Without Reproach' I intended it to be a mystery. I never dreamed it would end up in the contemporary romance sectors of book-stores. However, although men tell me they enjoy it, women have said some really terrific things - so it seems to suit all.
      I've been asked a number of times when the sequel will be ready so it can't be too bad. I have to say this though, it isn't all hearts and feathers. Please don't expect it to be gooey.
      Contemporary Romance novel, or not?
      The story is centred on a young woman, in a foreign land, faced with a nude painting of herself that she knows nothing of. She inherits a fortune from a man she's never met, is not related to, and has never heard of. When she starts to vaguely recognize certain parts of the place where he lived, she thinks she's going mad...
      As 'Without Reproach' developed, it seemed correct for it to have a love interest. It became quite steamy, but I fully believe, and other people have commented the same, that although it's explicit and pulls no punches, it's handled in a natural manner. I wouldn't have it any other way. It's probably this fact that has landed it as a contemporary romance novel.
      Having said this, I had no say in where the book ended up. It was possibly the publishing house who listed it that way, but whatever, I realise that Amazon and all the other on-line stores, list Without Reproach as a contemporary romance novel.
      So, contemporary romance novel it is
      So, as I've said before in other interviews, what do I know, I'm only the author - It's discussed as a contemporary romance novel, it's listed as contemporary romance novel, so I guess contemporary romance novel, it will remain.
      End of - Without Reproach, a Contemporary Romance novel?

      Saturday, 8 November 2008

      Christopher Paul Curtis

      Another literary prize has been awarded

      The more the merrier! I like to hear of encouragement like this.

      In Toronto, the writer Christopher Paul Curtis of Windsor, Ontario, is the victor of the $20,000 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award for his book Elijah of Buxton. The novel looks at the African-Canadian life in Ontario during the mid-19th century.

      English Language
      The award goes each year to the writer of "the most distinguished English-language book of the year." Christopher Paul Curtis, received the prize at a ceremony in Toronto hosted by the TD Financial Group and the Canadian Children's Book Centre.
      Well done, Christopher!
      End of - 'Christopher Paul Curtis'

      Friday, 7 November 2008

      Carolyn Chute, novelist.

      Not a good deal.

      If your image of a novelist is one of wealth and worldly goods, let me put you in the picture. 5% of writers take 95% of all income from books - not a fair deal for the rest of us. Most of us write because that’s what we are – writers.

      Carolyn Chute's old typewriter.

      The novelist Carolyn Chute apparently doesn't even have a phone, fax or computer. She writes on a huge electric typewriter that was probably high-tech in 1970. Carolyn and her husband, Michael, live in a small compound at the end of a rutted road in a rustic Maine village near the New Hampshire border, US.

      Carolyn Chute, 61, a sardonic, straight talking woman, works in their home. The building is heated by wood stove, and has no hot water.

      Wow! Carolyn I don’t know how you survive or why you keep going …. But I don’t suppose you know why I live in Spain either.

      Good luck to you and yours. I hope your book sells well. May your future be bright.

      End of - Carolyn Chute, novelist..

      Thursday, 6 November 2008

      Author, Michael Crichton, dies.

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      Best Selling Author.

      The celebrated best-selling writer, Michael Crichton, author of such novels as "The Andromeda Strain", and of course "Jurassic Park," was also behind the popular TV drama "ER". He died suddenly, at the age of 66.

      Michael Crichton died without warning in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, after a battle against cancer, according to his family.

      Millions of people.

      Michael will be sadly missed. A giant of the writing world, I think everyone in the western world will have heard of “Jurassic Park”. The writing of Michael Crichton has thrilled millions of people.

      Michael Crichton, I salute you.

      End of post, Author, Michael Crichton, dies.

      Wednesday, 5 November 2008

      How do I submit my friend's book for publishing

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      Submit for publication.

      Hello Mister Barnett. My friend is fourteen and is writing a book. He’s written sixty pages so far, so is doing quite well. When he’s finished I’m going to be his agent and will want to send it to be edited then submit it for publishing. What I want to know is, how do I go about this? I don't want to let him down.

      Not Qualified.

      • Hi Brent. Mm…. I'm afraid you're not going to like what I'm going to say.

      • You realise an agent has to be au fait with all aspects of publishing it isn't just a matter of 'submit a book'. An agent has to be capable of sifting through legal papers, of forcing the hand of the publishing house, of making the most of royalties and advances, and of acting in the author's best interests in all aspects of publishing. I'm afraid you simply aren't experienced or sufficiently qualified to act on his behalf.

        I must also point out that a full book will call for somewhere in the range of 85,000 to 100,000 words, not a meagre sixty pages. There is a long way for him to go yet.

        For the sake of your friend, click on my previous post How Do I get Published. He'll need to make sure of his work and this MIGHT just help him on his way.

      • May I wish him all the best with his work. But PLEASE don't try to act on his behalf. If he has talent, he'll need professional help to guide him on his way.

      • Next post on Tell Me A Story - Brecon Farm.

      Tuesday, 4 November 2008

      A Year on a Brecon Farm

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      You're as old as you feel.

      Don’t ever let age put you off doing what you want.

      At the age of 69, a début writer has published a book about life in the early 1950s after his grandchildren persuaded him to tell his story.

      Haydn Llewellyn Davies, originally from Dukestown, Tredegar, decided to write about his recollections after years of retelling the stories to his 13 grandchildren.

      Always asking questions

      Mr Davies spent the past five years compiling his stories into a book, ‘A Year on a Brecon Farm’, which he has published himself. Mr Davies said: “It only came about because I put things down for the grandchildren. They are always asking me questions about my youth.”

      The resulting book is a collection of Mr Davies’s memories of life on the farm

      Well done, Haydn. Let there be more. I wish you every success.

      • Next post on 'Tell Me a Story' - Solomon.
      • Bedlam.
      • End of - 'A Year on a Brecon Farm'

      John Howard Reid and Solomon

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      Manoeuvres the bible.

      In his newly released book, "Prophet, Priest and King", John Howard Reid tries to offer a balanced picture of the legendary king of Ancient Israel.

      He manoeuvres the avenue between the opposing points of view of the Old Testament. In the Bible, Solomon was portrayed as both wise and irrational, esteemed and reviled, God-fearing and Godless.


      Investigating the Bible's allegations, John Howard Reid pursues a middle course, concluding that even excluding the fact the king supplemented his riches by methodically selling his own people into slavery, Solomon was a typical tyrant of his times.

      What we have to remember though, is that in essence this is a work of fiction - a novel. Maybe he’s hoping for the Dan Brown effect?

      I wish him well.

      Monday, 3 November 2008

      Alastair Campbell takes a verbal thrashing

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      Verbal thrashing.

      Why is it the good and the great think once they’ve made it elsewhere, they can write???

      Alastair Campbell's recent venture into fiction – a book called All in the Mind - took a verbal thrashing in the Sunday Times.

      The reviewer, Peter Kemp, vented his feelings about Tony Blair's former spin-doctor and his book with, "Anyone for whom the name Alastair Campbell conjures up the image of a glowering bully, professionally adept at manipulating words to suit his purposes, will be confounded by it."

      He went on to say, "The personality emanating from his debut novel is that of a swimmy-eyed sentimentalist whose verbal and inventive powers are remarkably meagre."

      Superhuman patience.

      And that was probably the most pleasant thing the journalist had to say. He continued slating Alastair Campbell with things like, "Slackly put-together sentences," and “Any reader persevering to this point,{the end} will have displayed superhuman patience."

      The only problem is, verbal thrashing or not, Alastair Campbell will STILL outsell struggling authors who can out write him a hundred-fold.

      The fact that his name has celebrity status will be more than enough to send him into the best selling list – Shit!

      Sunday, 2 November 2008

      Ten essential points of dialogue in a novel

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      Dialogue is essential to your novel. Dialogue keeps a story dynamic, it can help dentify characters, it is a way of 'showing' instead of 'telling', and it shifts the tale forward.... Without good dialogue your story will die.

      Okay, so I know everyone likes lists. To summarize my previous articles on dialogue I've made a list. Hope it helps a little.

      Essential points.
      1. It could be that up to fifty percent of your novel is made of dialogue – half your book, so make it good, make it realistic.
      2. Characters should NOT indulge in chitchat. Every bit of dialogue should move the story onward. If it doesn't contribute in some way, scrub it out.
      3. Dialogue should NOT be true to life – people speak in garbled ways - it should just read as if it’s true to life.
      4. An easy way to check whether your dialogue is okay, is to record it. When you play it back, you’ll hear the shaky bits.
      5. Every central character should have their own unique ‘voice’ that the reader begins to recognize - their own overused words - but not TOO overused. Be discrete, don't make them sound like morons by too much repetition.
      6. The better you know your characters, the better the dialogue will be.
      7. To a certain extent, you can impart age and character with dialogue without having to explain things to the readers. Young people speak in a different way to older people.... but beware of using the latest 'in' words. Your novel might soon become outdated.
      8. Quality dialogue helps readers to become immersed in the novel.
      9. Keep your dialogue to short bursts. If a piece of dialogue entails more than one paragraph, it turns into verbal diarrhoea.
      10. Stay away from substitute words for ‘said’. Words like ‘affirmed’articulated’ and 'vowed', highlight themselves rather than how it's spoken. ‘Said’ is a small word that disappears and allows readers to concentrate on the story.
      Make the most of your dialogue. Don't waste the opportunity to enhance your story and you won't go far wrong.

      Looking for your next read? Try:

      SHORT MOMENTS - a collection of short stories that will jerk tears
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        Saturday, 1 November 2008

        Bookworld and 'Without Reproach'

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        I was dead chuffed at a Halloween paty last night, when someone came up to me and started talking about my novel, and told me they'd seen it in the front window display of one of the BookWorld stores.

        I was quite amazed.


        For me, it's like making front page news!!

        Bookworld is one of the biggest bookstores around here, so for me it matters.
        Thank you Mr(s). Bookworld. Long may you reign.