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A Little Wisdom…

Sometimes everyone needs the odd quote or two to put things back into some kind of perspective… I haven’t shared any for a while but found myself needing a little inspiration stuck as I am in the doldrums of a … Continue reading

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Crafting books…

A wise man probably once said, It’s one thing to write a novel, and quite another to make a book. Which is true, as far as it goes. A novel is a long series of words placed one in front … Continue reading

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A dichotomy of cheesecake and boots

As you lovely readers may be aware I am in the middle of writing the third Hannibal Smyth novel ‘A Squid on the shoulder’, which is, I am told, eagerly awaited. But in writing the third Hannibal novel I have … Continue reading

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Narrative Complexities…

As is perhaps to be expected when writing a series of novels narratives can become complex. While the central characters may well be there all the time, particularly in the case of a first person narrator, other come and go … Continue reading

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POV matters… it does

One of the writing issues we encounter most in the manuscripts we receive here at Sixth Element is POV (point of view). Whether from new writers or some of the most experienced published authors, it doesn’t matter… POV is still … Continue reading

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Why Your Day Job could be Good for Your Creativity

We’re all familiar with the dilemma. “I’ve just had this great idea and I want to write it down immediately, but I’m stuck at work right now.” If you’re anything like me, when you think about your day job in … Continue reading

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Harvey Live, podcasts, and the writers list

I’ve been involved in a  couple of on line things to do with writing in the last few days. First there was the Harvey Duckman writers on-line get together  and broadcast as part of Scarborough scifi on-line (which replaced the … Continue reading

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Choosing Names for Your Characters

One of the most important decisions you can make about a character is their name. Whether it’s their first, middle, or last name, it imbues your character with the very essence of who they are. There are so many names … Continue reading

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Quotes for 2020 #41

An on going series of a quote a day from those most worthy of individuals, writers…  Disclaimer: Not all quotes are meant to inspire… Not all comments I make upon them are entirely honest either, occasionally Hannibal writes them… Today … Continue reading

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Making it pretty, and other vanities…

I really enjoy typesetting. There is something cathartic about it. For months I have been slaving away with first drafts, second drafts , third drafts , edits, redrafts, more edits, post editor editing, revisions… All fun stuff I assure you. … Continue reading

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