Word Counts – adult and ch novels, genre novels

Word Count for Novels and Children’s Books:  The most important thing here is to realise that there are always exceptions to these rules. ADULT NOVELS: COMMERCIAL & LITERARY Between 80,000 and 89,999 words is 100% safe range for literary, mainstream, women’s, romance, mystery, suspense, thriller and horror. 80,000 – 89,999:       Totally cool 90,000 – 99,999:       […]

Tessa Hadley’s Top 10 Short Stories

Tessa Hadley’s top 10 short stories Nadine Gordimer says short stories should ‘burn a hole into the page’. Here are 10 of the most incandescent examples of the form from Tessa Hadley, whose story, ‘Bad Dreams’, is one of  the 2014 BBC National Short Story finalists. ‘Hadley’s unerring eye for what is true – in everyday […]

Too much to do? Get unstuck and write

Getting Unstuck when Flapping and Fretting There are two parts to all conscious beings. At the moment, the anxious, excited part of you is flapping and fretting. Of course it is. You have other priorities; you are soon to embark on a journey, let us say. That is where your energy goes. Just as the […]

Omit Needless Words – ‘Cousin Len’s Wonderful Adjective Cellar’

Need a reminder to omit needless words? read on … ‘Cousin Len’s Wonderful Adjective Cellar’ by Jack Finney Cousin Len found his wonderful adjective cellar in a pawnshop. He haunts dusty Second Avenue pawnshops because they’re such a relief, he says, from Nature. Cousin Len doesn’t like Nature very much. He spends most of his […]