Commercial and Literary Fiction – Where Does Your Novel Sit?

How would you describe your novel? What genre is it? And would you class it under commercial or literary fiction? I have been contacting publishers of late for my second novel. A rather time-consuming process where some publishers can take anywhere from 6 months to a year to look at the manuscript. Now, I considerContinue reading “Commercial and Literary Fiction – Where Does Your Novel Sit?”

The Bane of an Author’s life. Cheat Words: Do you use them?

Cheat Words? Telling instead of showing? What exactly are cheat words? How do authors locate them? And is it worth the time and energy to even bother? You might be surprised how often certain words crop up in your manuscript. This is not to say that using them is a problem, it is more aboutContinue reading “The Bane of an Author’s life. Cheat Words: Do you use them?”

Why I use Flashbacks in Initiated to Kill.

I use flashbacks to show rather than just tell through dialogue a person’s background. My books are designed like a psychological profile of each character in a story-telling way. I want to show why a person turned out the way they did.  London, 1996  “A slight breeze whistled through the trees, a lone branch brushedContinue reading “Why I use Flashbacks in Initiated to Kill.”

The Relevance of Flashbacks in Books.

Do you like flashbacks in books? Or do you find they confuse a story? Personally, I enjoy reading and writing flashbacks. Instead of writing a dialogue that might seem tedious, flashbacks can provide active and vivid detail without cutting into the present day story. Flashbacks can also build tension, provide psychological insights, and keep aContinue reading “The Relevance of Flashbacks in Books.”

Profiling in Writing.

Criminal Investigative analysis, investigative psychology or crime action profiling are all terms used to describe ‘Criminal Profiling’. A concept that wiggles between law enforcement, psychology and common sense deductions. Pioneered by psychiatrist James Brussel when he was brought in to help investigators establish a profile on the ‘mad bomber’ in 1956. With a mixture ofContinue reading “Profiling in Writing.”