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From the other side of the desk

Written in stone

Certain writing rules are inescapable, explains Michael Allen

GRUMPY OLD BOOKMAN

Last month I promised to discuss the idea of there being some unchanging truths about writing fiction: and by ‘truths’ I mean basic principles which have held good for centuries, and which will remain reliable for at least as long as you and I survive. If we keep these principles in mind, who knows, we may even succeed in seizing and holding our readers’ attention – to the benefit of all concerned.

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