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How to improve our writing – part 16

How to improve our writing – part 16

Always remind the reader of the central contradiction of the novel Great contradictions lend a novel its heart and soul. If the reader forgets what drives the protagonist, he won't care enough to read the book. We must create a contradiction for our protagonist that...

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Book review: Josh Malerman – Bird Box

Book review: Josh Malerman – Bird Box

I've heard a lot of nice and good things about Josh Malerman's first novel, but, of course, only in the sense that a terribly tense and often brutal, post-apocalyptic horror story full of cruelty can be called "nice and good". At several places, the book has been...

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How to improve our writing – part 15

How to improve our writing – part 15

Keep our eyes on the target. Perhaps the most important and difficult task for a writer is to direct the reader towards the purpose of the story all throughout his novel and to do everything to ensure that the reader does not lose sight of it. Many novels start at a...

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How to improve our writing – part 14

How to improve our writing – part 14

The Ten commandments of writing scenes. Here is the fourth commandment. 4. Keep a story plausible. Perhaps the writers’ most difficult task is to create stories which, although mostly fictional, yet feel true. What matters to the reader is not whether the story is...

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Don’t Let Go! By Michel Bussi – book review

Don’t Let Go! By Michel Bussi – book review

A holiday can be paradise itself, but at other times it can deteriorate into a murderous adventure. Martial and Liane spend their holidays in an idyllic environment on the island of Réunion. For the couple and their six-year-old daughter, these are the days and...

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How to improve our writing – part 13

How to improve our writing – part 13

The Ten Commandments of writing scenes. Here is the third commandment. 3. Avoid dead-ends When we are writing a scene in a novel, we should not forget that we have to get from one point to another. We can't start and finish a scene at the same place. If the action...

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