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Fiction focus: Mind your language

Paying close attention to the language you use is the key to getting readers to really fall in love with your writing, says Margaret James

Dialogue, story, characterisation, narrative viewpoint, pace and style – when we write fiction we need to use all these writing tools effectively. But something a lot of novice novelists don’t seem to think about is language.

Yes, language is closely related to style, but it’s a topic in itself and using language appropriately or inappropriately can make or break a novel. Whenever a reader tells you he or she loved a story, dig a little deeper and you’ll usually find it was the language – the voice – that did the trick.

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