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Under the microscope

Author and lecturer James McCreet puts a reader’s first 300 words under the forensic lens of his criticism

Rebecca Richardson is a librarian, mother and sometime writer from Manchester. She is currently working on her first novel, salvaged from a messy NaNoWriMo. She enjoys science fiction, comic books and cartoons. Project Icarus is a science fiction novel for teenagers, about a girl trying to discover the truth about her mother’s murder while dealing with her own emerging psychic powers and a government conspiracy that changes her whole life.

1 A good start. It could mean anything at this early stage, which is the whole point.

2 Not giving him a name creates mystery. The anonymity could be heightened by shortening it to ‘His’.

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