Anglo Saxon runes
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How to use an ancient language in a novel part 2

This is part two of a series called ‘How to use an ancient language in a novel.’ and it includes…

Anglo Saxon runes
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How to use an ancient language in a novel

How to use an ancient language when writing a novel in modern English.

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A free spy

In my novel ‘Rebel Liar,’ a novel of British spying during the American civil war, one of the characters wonders…

Plague doctor and San Francisco bridge with In love with a plague doctor title and heart
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In love with a plague doctor part 3

My eager lips move towards the plague doctor’s beak, and for a moment I hope that I might kiss him.

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How to avoid writing about a ‘banned’ topic

Here’s one way of ethically avoiding mentioning the corona virus if you’re writing a novel. ‘Ethically’ means not being sneaky,…

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When it isn’t okay to say okay

Writing Plague Doctor Three (and Plague Doctor Two) created a few problems. Linguistic and cultural problems. Rylee, the main character,…

Plague doctor and San Francisco bridge with In love with a plague doctor title and heart
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In love with a plague doctor part 2

“This is the only one that I love” he says tenderly.

Plague doctor and San Francisco bridge with In love with a plague doctor title and heart
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In love with a plague doctor

I look at the plague doctor in his long black coat and hat and mask with a beak at the end of it and wonder what it would be like to fall in love with him.

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How to chill to an ambiguous word

That embarrassing moment when you realise that you’ve written a word that can also mean something else. For example. This…

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First, do no harm

It’s easy to be contemptous of history, contemptous of historical figures, to mock certain military generals for their mistakes, for…