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pauline-rowson's picture
Mar.17.2014
On Thursday 13 March I was welcomed by a very lively group of writers at the Chiltern Writers Group where I was pleased to be able to pass on some tips and techniques on writing a novel. My talk was on the perfect system for planning, researching, plotting and writing a novel. I covered from...
pauline-rowson's picture
Feb.11.2014
The answer is that the two are so interlinked it is difficult to say what comes first.  The characters drive the plot but in order to create the characters you must have an idea what the plot is about. In my case, in respect of the DI Andy Horton series of novels, this is usually a...
pauline-rowson's picture
Aug.07.2013
I'm often asked if I have a writing routine. There are writers who write the same time every day come what may; others who will write a certain number of words every day and when they've done their quota, they'll knock off.  Me? I have no real set routine but I do like to write every day...
bob-mustin's picture
Jan.12.2013
Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan One thing I enjoy about what we call this particular version of postmodern literature is the tinkering with structure, and McEwan is a master of that talent. Too, he, like most gifted writers, is a student of human tics, psychology, the subtleties that make us unique,...
pauline-rowson's picture
Apr.12.2011
There are a writers who write the same time every day come what may; others will write a certain number of words every day and say, 'when I've done my quota, I'll knock off writing.'  Me?  I have no routine and I don't count the number of words.  Some days the words will flow and I can spend up to...
pauline-rowson's picture
Feb.07.2011
One of the essentials for a good novel is a strong central character, someone the reader can have empathy with, urge on, sometimes get angry and frustrated with and someone the reader can get close to and believe in.  I like heroes so I guess they have to be that, but heroes have flaws too, and can...
pauline-rowson's picture
Sep.17.2010
A new video has been uploaded to my official web site, my You Tube Channel and here.  In this latest video, I'm talking to Rob Richardson about the creation of my detective, Inspector Andy Horton who features in my marine mystery police procedural crime novels set in the Solent area on the South...
jm-cornwell's picture
Apr.09.2010
It seemed to be an isolated incident when John Logan, one of the background characters in Past Imperfect, then called Out of the Past, followed me into my dreams. He nagged me for days before I finally gave in and listened. I had to get some sleep or I wouldn't be able to write anything. So I...
s-j-bradley's picture
Mar.31.2010
Following the finest writing advice that surrounds us all, I went on working. Straight after sealing the agent-addressed envelope containing my recently completed Big Project, I got to work on the second Big Project.  The ideas in this project have been tramping around impatiently in my...
kev-webb's picture
Nov.24.2009
I don't know about you but my characters live and breath, I feel when I'm writing that I'm watching their lives and taking notes of what's happening. I think I'm lucky with regards to the fact that my stories play out like movies in my head. I can pause and picture a three dimensional image in my...