Essential Ingredients for a Great Book

Posted by @Publishing_talk on March 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (1)

What makes a great book? Interesting characters, sound narrative and fresh ideas all help. Sounds simple, right? ...Wrong. It's actually where many people come unstuck.


Common mistakes include drifting narrative, poorly developed characters and unoriginal ideas. Humour me, let's go back to basics here while I dig out the dictionary definition of what a story actually is: 'An account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment.'

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Make Me Care

Posted by @Publishing_talk on August 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (2)

Have you ever abandoned reading a book? I think we all have at some point. Do you remember why? Perhaps it was dull, you didn’t like the characters, or it was heavy in detail and you simply lost interest? We can probably all name a popular author whose work we feel we ‘should’ read because of their perceived talent, but truth be told, they left us stone cold.

Ernest Hemingway once said, ‘My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the...

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