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I wish I’d known…

Novelists tell us what they wished they’d known right at the start of their careers.

with historical and time-slip novelist

‘Here’s what I wish I’d known when I first started writing: ‘It’s not enough to be good at English, grammar and spelling. I should have gone to talks and workshops on the craft of writing fiction before putting fingers to keyboard, but in my beginner’s enthusiasm I just sat down and wrote without knowing anything about plot, viewpoint or characterisation.

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