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Christopher Fowler
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It's only been a short while that we've been woke to questions of gender and already the complaints have started from certain male critics. The BBC's new version of 'War of the Worlds' has a pregnant female lead living sinfully in Woking as the Martians arrive. And why not? Wells was always a bit thin on the ground when it came to interesting characters (except perhaps for 'The History of Mr Polly…
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Christopher Fowler
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When it comes to self-help books, there's no category trickier than the creative writing category. There's no quick fix for bad writing other than to keep on until it gets less bad. Similarly, idea-creation cannot be taught, so all those boxes of flashcards can be thrown out of the window. There's no single system that can be learned, guaranteed to solve all writing dilemmas. But there are two far…
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