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David Allan Answers Questions

1 Tell us your biography in three sentences or fewer. Born and brought up in Edinburgh, including going to university there to qualify as a doctor. Studied radiology in Edinburgh and Oxford, then worked for the NHS in Dartford for 39 … Continue reading

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Hannibal Lecter Judges Me When I Cook by Anthony Francis

Hannibal Lecter Judges Me When I Cook a Milford Blog essay by Anthony Francis So, let’s set the stage: I’m a writer, learning to be vegan … and a fan of Thomas Harris’s Hannibal series about an erudite cannibal. Hannibal … Continue reading

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My Writing by Wenonah Lyon

Since my last Milford attendance, I’ve retired and spent more time writing. I have had short fiction and poetry accepted by online and print publications. (A partial list is available on my website at http://www.wenonahlyon.com)  I have two hobbies: writing … Continue reading

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Making People In My Head – by Gaie Sebold

First posted on 8th November 2016 Someone asked me recently, “Which comes first for you, character or plot?” “Oh, character,” I said. “Character every time.” And having said it, I realised that it might be generally true – at least, … Continue reading

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Being Janeway: Twenty-five years of Star Trek: Voyager by Una McCormack

If I’m completely honest, I was chiefly a Deep Space Nine fan. (Actually, I was a Babylon 5 fan, but that’s a story for another day.) But because I am naturally inclined to like anything which involves a spaceship, I … Continue reading

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Twelve Ways To Be Better at Writing by David Gullen

I believe there are only two rules of writing, true rules that are unbreakable in the same way ‘Ye canna break the laws of physics’. (Except with the laws of Physics  we’re still not sure whether we have the full … Continue reading

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8) The irresistible end by Colin Brush

The last instalment in Colin Brush’s series on how to write the perfect blurb for your book. ‘But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a … Continue reading

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6) Middling: the power of opposites to structure your blurb by Colin Brush

‘Elric knew that everything that existed had its opposite. In danger he might find peace. And yet, of course, in peace there was danger. Being an imperfect creature in an imperfect world he would always know paradox. And that was … Continue reading

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5) Beginnings or How to Get People’s Attention by Colin Brush

‘It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell We’re just over the halfway point in my guide to writing blurbs and you’re probably wondering when we’re going to get around … Continue reading

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4) Pitching your story’s emotional hook by Colin Brush

‘I never take on a client unless I can pitch their book in twelve words.’ UK literary agent The pitch is perhaps the most crucial aspect of understanding and selling your book. It is how you connect it to other … Continue reading

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