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The hold part 3

The story so far. Hans Werner, a Union secret service agent, is more-or-less trapped in the hold of a British…

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Writing description by using an image in your word processor

This is a pretty good system for writing description if you’re trying to describe something but aren’t quite sure what…

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Writing character description: introducing a character by name

This is a pretty good way of writing character description, or more specifically introducing a character by name. I call…

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Writing description: the Confederate Secret Service

I’ve encountered a problem when describing the Confederate Secret Service in the American Civil War novel which I’m writing. I’m…

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The Hold part 2

  Captain Bowen decided that he had punished the Union agent who was imprisoned in the hold of his ship…

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The Hold

Captain Samuel Bowen, master of the schooner ‘Harbinger,’ moved across the deck and opened a door which revealed a flight…

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Writing description: Yankee or Union?

It’s interesting how description can determine what a character is like, what his attitude is, as I discovered when I…

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Writing description versus action

I’m not quite sure whether I’ve written too much description in this scene from a novel which I’m writing; maybe…

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A long and winding gently curving way of writing description

‘Long winding’ staircase or ‘gently curving’ staircase or both? Or don’t bother to describe it? As in: ‘The two doctors…

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Historical accuracy versus common sense

Sometimes you have to use your commonsense instead of being super duper historically accurate, as this article in my ‘writing…