Tag: Waterstones

First drafts of famous novels

First drafts of famous novels

Before I published my first novel in September the pinned tweet on my Twitter account was First drafts are allowed to suck. I think that the point of a first draft is to exist so the author can improve upon it. Often than not the first draft is almost unrecognisable from the finished article. The …

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Themes

Themes

Welcome back to my three-part series about Symbolism, Themes and Motif. Today we are focusing on Themes. What counts as a Theme, how can a theme be found and used? Google defines the word Theme as “The main idea in a piece of prose that can be directly or indirectly stated.” In laymen terms, what is …

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Neil Gaiman- Short Story Master Class.

Neil Gaiman- Short Story Master Class.

I’ve never met a famous writer before, a celebrity writer. It turns out they are just like normal people. Almost. Neil Gaiman walks into our Short Story Master Class  (in the Waterstones at Piccadilly Circus) and everyone falls silent. He looks exactly like he does online or in the photos of one of his books, minus the …

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