SYNTAX How long the unbroken paragraphs look, or how margin-hugging the dialogue is, are things the reader flashes on every time they turn a page. They are things they clock and judge in an instant. Assuming they’re not put off by either too great a density or too much white space, they will proceed into […]
Monthly Archives: February 2020
I am delighted that Patience is one of five books shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2020. To celebrate this, my publisher Galley Beggar are offering a 15% discount on purchases of Patience – if you buy with the code YIPPPEEE! Current price is £5.99. Please include the exclamation mark. (They got very excited.) […]
Density isn’t something that often gets talked about, but it is one of the first things a reader notices about a book and one of the last things – sometimes years later – they remember about it. Writers dream of readers. They picture someone reading what they have written – if the writer is lucky, […]
We’ve dealt with our spaces and places, as they relate to story-time, now we need to deal with our time. This should be a lot simpler. Imagine a big invisible clock, hovering in the sky of our flat empty space. It’s not an ordinary clock, showing the hours of the day. It’s a countdown, and […]
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