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Book Talk

Recently I read a piece about the making of poetry. All about metre. Well, I was starting from scratch.

I have written what I fondly believed was poetry but I never knew the difference between a dactyl and a pterodactyl; I thought trochaic followed the Cambrian era; I believed pyrrhus was a gum disease and antibacchic was its cure; that molossus was found in the pantry and dimeter was a famous Roman athlete.

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How do you follow up one of the biggest books of the decade? The Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins tells us about changing tracks and writing the book that matters to you in our star interview. What do editors want? There can't be anyone in a better position to tell you than debut novelist Anna Pitoniak, who worked as a Big Five editor before landing her book deal. How is your year's writing plan going? As 2017 hits the halfway mark, we help you stay on target. Look for leads, find the most up-to-date markets for your work and enter the latest writing competitions, with more than £50,000 in writing prizes, in the Writers' News pages, packed with news you can use.

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