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Helen M Walters examines writing in second person, with a reading of Cyprus Avenue by Lucy Caldwell

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This month we’re going to look at a story with a very distinctive narrative style.

Cyprus Avenue by Lucy Caldwell is told in the second person and the future tense and in this masterclass we’ll be looking at how those choices work well for this particular story and what else it is that makes it special. As always, you’ll benefit most if you read the story for yourself – you can find it here: https://writ.rs/cyprusavenue.

Using second-person point of view to tell a story is quite unusual. So why has Lucy Caldwell chosen it for Cyprus Avenue? What does it add to the story?

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In this month's issue of the UK's bestselling magazine for writers, we show you how to sell your book, with tips on how to get your book into bookshops and why, and how, you need to assemble a press pack. In the June issue, you can find out how facing up to failure as a writer can be the first step to success. Learn how to use a second person 'you' narrator in your fiction, and explore the opening of seminal adventure novel King Solomon's Mines. Our star interview is Alison Weir, discussing combining historical rigour with fiction vigour in her Six Tudor Queens series of novels. Keep up to date with the latest competitions and opportunities to get into print in the packed pages of the latest Writers News.

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