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In my Pet Peeves I’ll throw light on a wide variety of stylistic and plotting bloopers I come across when critiquing and editing. “Head-hopping” for me tops the list. It’s what I consider to be a pretty understated expression for a writing style guaranteed to bounce me out of a novel faster than you can write “she groaned”. Head hopping describes the practice of shifting viewpoint characters within scenes. I’ll give you an example, a scene featuring two viewpoint characters (i.e. the protagonists through whose…Continue Reading “Pet Peeves #1 – Bouncing heads and slippery Points of View”

Should I say welcome to my Blog? Everybody does, and as a writer one is ill-advised to follow clichés and tropes, right? But I mean it. I’m delighted you are reading this. So – WELCOME! I know, I know. Your time is precious. So I won’t waste it. This Blog will do two things for you (hopefully): – Give you general tips on plotting, writing and editing stories; – Sneak in the odd offer for FREE critique and review services. And if you’ve read that…Continue Reading “Hello world!”