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Little (story) boxes

Build up your full-length fiction with workmanlike advice from Adrian Magson

There’s a misconception I’ve discovered among some non-writers as to how a book gets written. The idea seems to be that we sit down one morning after our Marmite soldiers and tea, flex our fingers… and the story unrolls before us. All we have to do (they assume) is bang out the words on their keyboard until it’s done, send it off to the agent or publisher, and retire to a quiet spot with a glass of something refreshing to wait for the next idea to pop up. To be fair to those who see the process this way, why on earth should they think any differently? After all, it’s a question of perception, and about as clear as alchemy. And being a writer doesn’t compare to say, carrying furniture up and down stairs or ditch digging, both of which entail a fair bit of grunting and muttering (although getting too close to a submission deadline has been known to produce a lot of both, in my experience).

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In this month's issue, we show you ten ways to improve your writing right now, and look at how to impress an editor and get your feature articles accepted. This month's star interview is crime bestseller and Rizzoli and Isles creator Tess Gerritsen, who opens her casebook to discuss murder, medicine and false memory. When you've polished your work and got it ready to submit, check out the Writers' News pages – packed with opportunities to get into print and competitions to enter, with £54,762 in writing prizes to be won.

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