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11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 6

With Your Protagonist Waking Up The submission sits in front of me on the desk. I’ve read this scene about a hundred times before and here it is again. I’ll probably read it at least three more times before the … Continue reading

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11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 5

By Summarising A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (May 25th 1977 and this one, to be precise) George Lucas used a (by no means new) technique called an opening crawl at the start of a little … Continue reading

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Getting Into Publishing – Vicki Le Feuvre Agency Editor

What do you do with a BA in English? What is my life going to be? Four years of college And plenty of knowledge Have earned me this useless degree. Opening lines of Avenue Q As I sat in the … Continue reading

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11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 4

With Onomatopoeia EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEOOOW KER-SPLAT! I’m really sorry to have to tell you but that is the sound of a literary agent’s expectations plummeting at the sight of onomatopoeia in the first few lines of your novel. Especially if it’s written … Continue reading

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11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 3

With a Description of the Moon Quick! Pick a card, any card. Now think of a number between 1 and 10. Next think of a colour. And a vegetable. Got them all? OK? Carrot, red, 7 and either the Ace … Continue reading

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11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 2

With Your Protagonist Looking Into a Mirror The other day as I stared at my reflection in the bathroom mirror of my north London flat I recalled that my hair is fine and dyed a darker brunette then it would … Continue reading

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11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 1

Oh hi! How have you been? Crikey, what sort of weather have we been having? And the traffic on the way here? Absolute nightmare. Especially with these petrol prices, don’t even get me started. Still, that’s a lovely cardigan you’re … Continue reading

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