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Know what you’re trying to achieve with your novel, urges Michael Allen

GRUMPY OLD BOOKMAN

I don’t have any reliable data for this belief, but I am fairly sure that at least some of the readers of this column are writing a novel, have written a novel, or are planning to write a novel sometime soon – when they retire perhaps. So, for the benefit of those readers, and on the basis of having written about twenty novels myself, here’s a suggestion.

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