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Dragons In The Ferns (With Bonus Ducks)

Dragons In The Ferns (With Bonus Ducks)

I’m back from my holiday in Derbyshire, where I was reminded of my complete dependance on WiFi by the utter lack of it. Not sure if the North of England just doesn’t go in for publicly accessibly WiFi or if we were simply unlucky, but man, am I glad to be home. It didn’t help that Pepper, my newly acquired tablet, decided not to connect to the only internet access we did find — my experiences of the Surface 2…

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Demolish Your Darlings

Demolish Your Darlings

There is a building fairly near my house that’s being demolished: all in all a pretty ugly office block of middling size. It’s been empty for a while, and the only sensible thing to do is smash it up and build something else. Okay, so that area’s not exactly attractive anyway, but… As I walked home from school yesterday, I watched them attacking it with a crane-thing, and considered the idea of destruction. It’s somewhat fun to watch, and as…

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Inner Critics and Beta Readers

Inner Critics and Beta Readers

Charley is the worst judge of her work. Ever. In the history of ever. Most of you know Charley. She’s my beta reader (she’s read about three copies of Watching, each one slightly different to the last). She’s my co-writer (on St Mallory’s, although we’ve also collaborated on some humorous projects in the past, and have a couple planned). She’s completely bonkers and has a crush on several of my characters (STAHP, Charley!). And she is the worst judge of…

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Tragic Rewrites

Tragic Rewrites

I hear people talking about three act structure when writing, and I think about my long-term project Watching. I can’t help but wonder if I’m doing something wrong. It’s not in three acts. To break it into three acts would be a mistake, because it just doesn’t work. And then I realised, just a couple of days ago, that that’s not a bad thing. Just because it doesn’t fit 3-act structure, doesn’t mean it’s wrong. The important thing to remember is…

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