Writing only looks easy. But it can be learned.

Some great words of advice here. Never throw away your old stuff. Keep everything. Maybe, in the future, you can go back to it and realise you can use or recycle some of it.

Matthew Wright

Writing isn’t something you can sit down and do without training. It only looks that way.

Spot my title in the middle... Spot my title in the middle…

I’ve noticed, of late, various posts and comments around the blog-o-sphere along the lines of ‘my book is good, because I got positive comments on Good Reads (or Amazon, or Smashwords), so why did an agent say it was terrible?’

Or ‘I got positive comments on Good Reads, but the agent said the book needed this-and-this-and-this…’

Why? There’s no soft way to say this. Fact is that neither writer nor on-line reviewer actually knew what constituted a good book – meaning not just an abstract measure of quality and authorial competence, but what’s required for a specific market.

Agents do. So do commissioning editors.

What’s happened is that the aspiring writer’s sat down and thought ‘I want to be a writer’ – usually, meaning ‘novellist’. They’ve then churned out…

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FORENSICS FOR DUMMIES: A Great Read

The “For Dummies” series is brilliant so if you are a writer who might need a little forensic help to write, it is probably going to be well worth a look!

The Crime Fiction Writer's Forensics Blog

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“I have to admit it was a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

I didn’t say this—though I agree. But then I’m a bit biased.

But I’m thrilled that Tom Nelson, Director of the Forensic Services at the Scottish Police Service Authority (SPSA) enjoyed it.

 

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