Writing Lessons 11 – Rewriting

Guess what? My hard working friend Michael has been shortlisted!


I’ve recently discovered that I’ve been listed for the shortlist of the HWA SHARPE BOOKS GOLD CROWN award. It’s the prize for the best historical novel of the year, and as such a remarkably prestigious award. I’m very proud to read that Pilgrim’s War has been recognised for this. Wish me luck!

Writing, it has been said, is rewriting. Here’s an example:

“This has been a busy weekend. Dartmoor Folk Festival, lots of guests sharing space in our sitting room, manning my own bookstall (I sold lots of Last Templars, Merchant’s Partners, and the Vintener Trilogy this time. Strange how every year there are some clear winners in terms of popularity – and now my office has a little more space in it, at last!), walking the dogs, and stewarding duties, made for an absolutely exhausting time.”

That, as you can see, is a horrible paragraph to read. It was…

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