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Reading like a Writer: mental health in popular fiction

This is  my Goodreads review of Sarah Rayner’s latest novel Another Night, Another Day. She is already a bestselling novelist, probably most famous for One Moment One Morning, a story … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

Reading like a Writer – what makes editors unhappy?

Actually this week it is reading like an editor because I am looking at Dawn Laker’s critique of Empress Orchid, a historical novel by Anchee Min. Dawn is half of … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Why I wanted to throw a warm-hearted feel-good book across the room

It’s unfair to call THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY a bad book because it has a compelling story line and is an easy read – which I … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Reading like a Writer — Suspense

Suspense is perhaps the most important element that keeps readers turning the page or viewers glued to the cinema or television screen. Wanting to know what happens next seems to … Continue reading

November 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

READING LIKE A WRITER – putting rhythm into prose

“Words have music and if you are a musician you will write to hear them” – E.L. Doctorow Rhythm isn’t the sole preserve of poets or musicians – prose writers … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · 2 Comments


Flashbacks in literature are scenes within the chronological narrative that reveal events  before the story began. In a novel the ‘now’ of the story might be about two old friends … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · 4 Comments

READING LIKE A WRITER – how did they do that?

This is part of my new look Mondays. For about a year I have posted creative writing exercises at the start of the week (you can find a small selection … Continue reading

October 14, 2013 · Leave a comment