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How to improve our writing – part 12

How to improve our writing – part 12

The Ten commandments of writing scenes. The first and second commandments: 1. Respect the law of cause and effect. If, in a film, the camera zooms in on something, you can be quite sure that it will be of importance in the story later on. If it turns out that the...

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How to improve our writing – Part 11

How to improve our writing – Part 11

The four stumbling blocks of concluding a novel: 1. The dead end I once read a manuscript where the protagonist visits a deserted island in Thailand with his friends, after lying to his parents that he has taken up work in Germany. The novel is full of surprises and...

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How to improve our writing – part 10

How to improve our writing – part 10

The art of conclusion Lots of beginner writers manage somehow to struggle their ways to the end of their novels, through countless sleepless nights and downing hundreds of litres of coffee only to find they can't provide a conclusion to the work. They hang around the...

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Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl – book review

Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl – book review

One warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, Nick and Amy Dunne are preparing for their fifth wedding anniversary. After the romantic breakfast, the clever and fabulously beautiful wife of the good-looking Nick disappears. Nick is under increasing pressure...

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How to improve our writing – part 9

How to improve our writing – part 9

How could you make your novel irresistible? Here are a few proven ways how to keep your readers’ attention and how to make your writing irresistible. 1. Excite curiosity Provoke the reader to feel interest. Uncover a secret, or on the contrary: create mystery....

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