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People, people, people

Patrick Forsyth looks at how the number of people you encounter must affect how you write.

I was recently in Canada (I know I should have been at my desk writing, but I was visiting relatives). Probably the most picturesque place I visited was Emerald Lake in British Columbia. Surrounded by mountains, the lake is fed by glaciers and sparkled in the sunlight, its waters a bright turquoise as a result of containing rock flour – ultra-fine rock particles ground up by the ice. Magical it may be, but it was also the most popular spot I visited. Traffic was noticeable in the last few miles (often on the trip no other cars were visible at all) and there was quite a crowd; getting parked demanded prayers to any parking god that might be around. This made me think.

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In the first issue of Writing Magazine for the New Year, we look at what's hot for 2018 as publishing insiders share their predictions for the year ahead. You can get your writing year off to a great new start with advice for all writers - whether you write crime, romance, fantasy, poetry, historical fiction or for children, we've got something in this issue to help and inspire you. • Our star interview is the queen of dynasty sagas, the great Barbara Taylor Bradford. • Keep up to date with the latest opportunities to sell your work and see it in print, and win £58,142 in writing prizes.

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