My heart fluttered with excitement this week when I received some expert advice on the first three chapters of my manuscript. A particularly useful tip that I was given was to avoid resorting to clichés when portraying the emotions of my main character. One of the most common clichés writers fall prey to is describing … More ‘My Heart Fluttered’ & Other Clichés
A New Year’s party in a remote Scottish Highlands lodge turns deadly when one of the partygoers is murdered. Only you won’t learn the identity of the victim, or the murderer, until the end of the novel. Like all good murder mysteries, The Hunting Party begins with a dead body. The gruesome discovery is made … More Mystery of the Month – The Hunting Party
How awesome is it when you’re reading a book and something dramatic, shocking or intriguing happens and you’re like: “Wow, I can’t wait to read on and find out what THAT was all about!”? Stories make you feel this way because they introduce narrative questions which keep the reader engaged and in a state of … More Does Your Novel Have Lots of Loose Ends?