what is a structural edit anyway?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   The regular reader will know from my post last week that I have recently received the structural edit for my third novel from Emily, my editor at HQ/Harper Collins. And some of you may be wondering what on earth a structural edit is!  Writing a book is just the […]

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on editing

This is what an 80,000 word manuscript looks like. When I was at university, we had to write eight 1,000 word long essays each semester. My dissertation was 15,000 words. At the time these word counts seemed insurmountable. When I was doing my postgrad, we had to write four 5,000 word long essays each semester. […]

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It’s publication day!!!

Just in case I hadn’t mentioned it, today is ebook and audiobook publication day for my second book “The Things We Need to Say”! I am so excited to put this book out into the world. It’s a little bit different from my first book but I hope my readers will enjoy it just as […]

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10 Days to Go! Why I wrote “The Things We Need to Say”

My second novel, The Things We Need to Say is out in just ten days! I’ve got to be honest, the nerves and the pressure and the general feeling of pre-publication anxiety are probably worse for this one than they were for my debut! It’s a bit of a different book than my first – […]

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The books that made me

There is  difference, I think, between the books you classify as your favourite reads and those that inspired you to write yourself. One of my favourite books, for example is Stephen King’s The Dark Half – and while King has inspired me in many ways, his books don’t necessarily make me want to write (mostly […]

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On Reading, Subjectivity and Authenticity

Last week I read a book that blew me away. This only happens a couple of times a year – I read about two novels a week, most of which are wonderful, but those ones that get under your skin and make you think and make you consider your own craft as a writer only […]

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