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July 2016

Fiction Genres

Defining Genres

Fiction is normally divided into a range of categories that are referred to as genres. It will be the first way for readers and publishers to judge your novel, and every writer needs to select the genre of their own work. Despite that, many writers find it difficult to make that decision, even after completing the first draft. Many stories seem to fit into more than one category, making the choice even more difficult. This is a brief guideline to help you make that decision. Continue reading “Fiction Genres”

The Role of Chapters

Chapters are a wonderful invention that help to compartmentalise a novel, breaking it up into sections that are easily read in one sitting. Continue reading “The Role of Chapters”

The Length of a Novel

Standard Word Counts

You are about to embark on a long and challenging journey and so far you have only stared at a blank sheet of paper or a computer screen in the search for inspiration. It might seem too early too worry about the length of your novel, but I consider that some forward planning is essential. You will know where you are headed and the size of the task you are about to undertake. Continue reading “The Length of a Novel”

Learn the difference between these words and you will never get them confused again.
Continue reading “Toni’s Writing Tips – complement & compliment”

The words there, their and they’re  are the source of endless confusion. Continue reading “Toni’s Writing Tips – their, there and they’re”

One of the most common mistakes in writing is the misuse of either its or it’s. Continue reading “Toni’s Writing Tips – its and it’s”

How to Write Dates – Guest Post…

I was delighted to have an article posted on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s Blog – about How to Write Dates in fiction.

 

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

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Your mind is on fire as you type out your latest story at super-fast speed when, all of a sudden, you come to a halt. You want to include a date or a time period, and you’re not sure of the best way to express it.

Here are some easy guidelines to help you get started.

Dates

There are two simple ways to write a date but in fiction you should try to write the words out in full:

Thursday 9 June 2016 – with no comma and no “th”

or

Ninth of June

Always write dialogue the way your character would say it:

She’ll be here on April the tenth,” said Mary.

Years

Write a single year in numerals:

2014

For a range of years, you can write the numerals:

1998-99 or 2002-2006

But for fiction, you should try to write the phrase in full:

She died sometime…

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