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11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 10

With Extended Dialogue (or in a car) “What do you mean you’re not going to do a blog post about not starting your novel in a car?” “Well, it’s just that we’ve already attacked airports and that’s led people to … Continue reading

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11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 9

With Too Much Exposition Compare and contrast the following two potential openings to my pretend debut novel: They were going to catch her. When she first started running Lauren had felt sure she’d make it. After all, who would have … Continue reading

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11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 8

In An Airport Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I … Continue reading

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11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 7

With Something Aimed Primarily to Shock It’s not uncommon for an, “ew,” to interrupt the everyday workings of the Darley Anderson Agency. It’s not even unheard of for one of our readers to be heard exclaiming, “that word again,” when … Continue reading

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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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