Diary of a Novel: special characters – part 2

Okay, at the start of this week I’d hit a brick wall and was struggling with whether or not to have a “supporter” character in my story. I’ve been playing around with this all week, shuffling between various scenarios. Could my supporter also be my opponent? Could Marcie’s mom be both cheer-girl and devil’s advocate? (Of course, the answer to this is “yes”, but would it work for Marcie? Probably not.) Could I use her dad? Should it be the […]

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Writers’ Workshop: Researching and Writing the Perfect Murder

On Saturday I attended a crime writing workshop in Nottingham. The course was called “Researching and Writing the Perfect Murder”, and it was being led by Stuart Gibbon and Stephen Booth. This is a workshop the two of them do together several times throughout the year – or it is at the moment. The workshop was being held at West Bridgford Library, which isn’t far from Trent Bridge or either of the two football grounds in Nottingham.  There’s a lovely big […]

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