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Words 101 : Ago

Grammar 101. AGO Reading and editing other people’s work, there are some issues that crop up over and over. Here’s one of my favourites: The word AGO means before now. It shouldn’t be used in the past tense. When King Charles I lost his head he had been crowned only 24 years ago. This is […]

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What Next?

I wrote my first novel Monkey Puzzle in 1995, after I was made redundant, and set about looking for an agent to represent it. I got about 30 rejections. Eventually, I spoke on the phone to a literary agent in Ireland. He had not read any of my work, but when I told him my […]

Writing Tip #11 Choosing Character Names

This is the eleventh of 12 posts for writers who are planning to self-publish using the great services now available to the amateur writer, such as Smashwords, Amazon KDP, CreateSpace etc. 11. How to Choose Character Names Choosing names for your characters can be difficult. The best approach seems to be to keep a list […]

Writing Tip #10 The Ending

This is the tenth of 12 posts for writers who are planning to self-publish using the great services now available to the amateur writer, such as Smashwords, Amazon KDP, CreateSpace etc. These mistakes are straight from week1 of “Good Writing 101”. You might get away with one or two of them; maybe people won’t notice. […]

Writing Tip #9 The Big Reveal

This is the ninth of 12 posts for writers who are planning to self-publish using the great services now available to the amateur writer, such as Smashwords, Amazon KDP, CreateSpace etc. These mistakes are straight from week1 of “Good Writing 101”. You might get away with one or two of them; maybe people won’t notice. […]