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All writers have different ways of working and finding the ‘perfect system’ for planning, researching, plotting, structuring and writing a novel is often a matter of trial and error until something clicks. That’s how it was for me anyway. Before I struck on my 'perfect system' I tried all...
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I'm often asked how I go about planning a novel. When starting a fresh crime novel (as I am now, having recently finished writing the ninth in the DI Andy Horton series) I have the basic idea in mind. I will start to flesh this out using spider grams and time lines to work up the basic plot...
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So I have the idea. I do some research. I work it up into an outline plot with a smattering of characters and then I start writing. This is when it gets messy. 1. The brain dump or free flow First up is the free flow type of writing when I'm eager to bring the idea and characters to life by...