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September 28, 2014

Do you learn your storytelling from movies as much as from prose? Have you cut your writing teeth on the wisdom of the hallowed screenwriting gurus (McKee, Field and Goldman)? Are you a screenwriter who’s making the switch to novels? If so, you’ll certainly know some great storytelling tricks, but the two disciplines are different. […]
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Published on September 28, 2014 09:36 • 5 views

September 23, 2014

My guest this week describes his novel’s main character as a folk-punk protest singer in a collapsing American economy in the near future. We all know how books can transform us into the characters we are creating, and my guest temporarily became a songwriter as this book was forming, despite being (as he says) completely […]
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Published on September 23, 2014 23:35 • 4 views

September 21, 2014

I was editing a manuscript recently and came across a number of scenes that were summarised instead of shown in detail. In some cases this was a good call, but others made me wonder. Why? They looked like they had the potential to be significant. I’m not going to tell you the true details, of […]
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Published on September 21, 2014 11:14 • 1 view

September 16, 2014

My guest this week represents something of a milestone. When I was new to Twitter I remember stumbling across his tweets and his blog, where he was taking his first steps in building a presence as a science fiction writer. Meanwhile, he was working on his debut novel, and over the months and years I […]
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Published on September 16, 2014 23:23 • 1 view

September 14, 2014

This seems to be ‘back to basics’ week on this blog. On Thursday I scrambled out a fresher’s guide to ebooks in response to questions at a speaking engagement. And this podcast, recorded the previous week, seems to be the perfect complement. It’s with Nick Thacker, who has a regular show called Self-Publishing Answers, where […]
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Published on September 14, 2014 11:34 • 6 views

September 11, 2014

Today I gave a speech at The Oldie literary lunch (which was very exciting!) and they asked me to explain about making ebooks. I promised a post to distil the important details, and save them from squinting at their notes and wondering if that scrawl really does say ‘Smashwords’, and indeed what that alien name […]
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Published on September 11, 2014 13:58 • 5 views

September 9, 2014

On The Undercover Soundtrack, we’re used to writers using music to summon the muse. My guest this week goes one better. One of his main characters is a computer hacker, who limbers up by listening to Vangelis’s music for the film 1492: Conquest of Paradise. In real life, the author has a lifetime’s experience in […]
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Published on September 09, 2014 22:41 • 4 views

September 7, 2014

Some writers say they don’t look at their reviews. I don’t know how they find such sangfroid. If I know there’s a new review I have to pounce, and immediately. Inevitably, we’ll sometimes wish we hadn’t – like one of my regular readers this week, who sent me the anguished message you see in the […]
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Published on September 07, 2014 12:12 • 5 views

September 2, 2014

I find it so interesting how one novel’s soundtrack can absorb so many styles.  My guest this week has written a supernatural mystery wrapped up in a 1920s comedy of manners and her soundtrack is a glorious tour of classical, folk and madcap jazz. Even more interesting, she uses Thomas Tallis – as my guest […]
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Published on September 02, 2014 23:36 • 5 views

August 31, 2014

As Oscar Wilde didn’t say: ‘Be yourself, everyone else is taken’. (No really, he didn’t.) In our early novels, we’re more likely to see our main characters as proxies for ourselves. But there comes a stage where we learn more versatility, and to create new hearts, souls and minds to carry our stories. This was […]
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Published on August 31, 2014 06:30 • 5 views