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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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Christopher Fowler
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Victoria Wood once wrote; 'You don't know how strange other people's families are until you've spent Christmas with one.' If we seem a lot less individual in these homogenous times than, say, the average Dickens character, it doesn't mean we're more rational. There was a time - say, in the eighties - when it felt as if we had settled to an unpleasantly imperfect but probably accurate view of…
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