Writing Craft

Book in the Spotlight: All the Stars and Teeth
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This is an edited version of my review published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: YA…

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Study people like you’re about to play them on TV
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I’m not really one of those ‘people watchers’ you find sitting in café windows or on park benches, glancing around as the world goes by, trying to figure out everyone’s…

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A Monday in the life of a kidlit editor, writer & reader #1
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This series is my contribution to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed…

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Book in the Spotlight: Diana and the Island of No Return
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This is an edited version of my review published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: Middle Grade…

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Know your audience: middle grade
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Unless you’re ten, it can be hard to get into the mindset of your young readers when writing middle grade fiction. Schooldays are a distant memory for most of us,…

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Fleshing out your secondary characters with Greg House
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I’m going way off-piste today with this post: it’s not about fantasy, horror, sci-fi or mystery (well, House is a medical mystery show, but I’m not sure that counts) and there isn’t…

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Creating empathy with universals and ant mothers
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I recently worked with a YA sci-fi author whose protagonists were non-humans permanently floating in space and trying to survive. It’s unlikely teenage readers from Earth will be able to…

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Obstacles and goals in Sex Education
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You’ve probably noticed editors and writing teachers are always banging on about the importance of obstacles in fiction. That’s because if you give your characters exactly what they want right…

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The Magic Words by Cheryl B Klein
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I adore reading books about writing and I have several favourites that I always recommend to everybody. When I read them for the first time, I cover the pages in…

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