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Christopher Fowler
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Phyllis Dorothy James was, everyone will tell you, the grande-dame of crime writing, and once issued her top ten tips for writing novels. It's heresy to contravene the rules, but what worked for PD James was clearly not what works for every aspiring or professional author. Let's have a look at them and see if they need updating... You must be born to write James says 'You can't teach someone to…
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Christopher Fowler
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It's usually a bad sign when a novel opens with a description of the weather. With so many ways available of capturing the reader's attention, why start with one we can all see? The exception is the famous opening of 'Bleak House' (which I parodied in the opening of 'The Burning Man'), because Dickens manages to surprise within a few words with his image of a dinosaur through Holborn's mud. But…
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Christopher Fowler
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I'm sure someone must already have put out a writing app that allows you to access writing advice, but if they haven't, I've been gathering writing tips from all over the place, and plan to put a few up here. I ran some at the end of 'Paperboy', so let's start with some amendments to those. Kenneth Tynan's Rule of Writing: You don't need to know why people fall in love. You just need to know that…
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