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Emma Darwin

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Emma Darwin was born and brought up in London, but has also spent time in both Manhattan and Brussels, and later studied Drama at university. Her debut novel The Mathematics of Love  (Headline Review) is probably the only novel ever to have been simultaneously listed for both the Commonwealth Writers Best First Book, and the RNA Novel of the Year prizes. Her bestselling second novel, A Secret Alchemy (Headline Review), was part of a PhD at Goldsmiths, which explored the writing of historical fiction. Her first non-fiction book, Getting Started in Writing Historical Fiction (John Murray Learning/Teach Yourself), was published in March 2016. She has been helping writers for over a decade, and has particular interests in historical fiction and ...more

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Emma Darwin I remind myself that this doesn't have to be perfect - it doesn't even have to be good, yet; I'm only writing words which will be placeholders until I…moreI remind myself that this doesn't have to be perfect - it doesn't even have to be good, yet; I'm only writing words which will be placeholders until I know what the real words should be.

If that doesn't work, then I step back and try to see if there's something built into the project which means I'm inevitably getting stuck. Then when I've worked out what that is, I can change it, or work out how to avoid it.(less)
Emma Darwin Being able to centre my working life on practicing the art and craft of writing.
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Itchy Bitesized 21: Three Thoughts About "Breaking the Fourth Wall"

Blog-reader and blogger Mark Harbinger emailed me to say one comment he gets from alpha-readers "is them dinging me for 'breaking the fourth wall'," when he goes for "meta-narration in first person": i.e. a internal narrator, telling a story which includes themselves, who sometimes talked directly to the reader. Paraphrasing his example, you might deliberately choose to open a story like this:


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“all photographs are about death, really, and time: about preserving a moment in silver and chemicals, when life itself is never preserved, when every cell of everything is already decaying, and being replaced, and decaying again. The subject and the image coexist for the moment that the shutter opens and closes. And then the subject decays but the image lives on unchanged.”
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