How to write about physical pain

Writing about pain is harder than you might think. But then, pain is quite a difficult thing to compare. Can we ever be really sure whether my pain is worse than yours?

Louise Harnby specialises in proofreading fiction, so she has probably read more about pain than many people. Here are her 5 tips for writing about physical pain in fiction.

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Enter the £10,000 award for a first-time writer

Bridget Whelan has found another good competition to enter if you are an unpublished writer. Well, nearly all unpublished writers, so read the small print carefully.

Find out more here.

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Fictional languages

Most of us are never going to need this information. But there are But if you need it, you can do without reinventing the wheel.

Here is some useful reading if you find yourself needing to invent a fictional language.

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Using a memoir for the basis of a novel

There is a lot of talk these days about repurposing. Using one piece of writing for several purposes. For example, a blog post, a newspaper article, and a talk for a local group could all be based around the same ideas.

I suppose this idea is just art of the same process. This post covers using memoirs to create a novels.

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Would you like to write fiction?

If you are thinking about writing fiction, but don’t know where to start, now is the time to sign up for a free Open University course, which starts on 25th September 2017.

Start Writing Fiction is led by Derek Neale, an award-winning short story writer and co-author of Writing Fiction.

The course is aimed at anyone aged 16 or over who has an interest in starting to write fiction, and does not require any previous experience.

It is also useful for anyone wanting to improving their fiction writing.

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Some old phrases

We’ve got a collection of well known sayings today:

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Getting pictures in to an ebook

Formatting an ebook can be difficult. Pictures in an ebook can be particularly temperamental.

This post explains how to use Calibre for an ebook with pictures.

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10 Steps to Perfecting Your Writing Style

This post about the laws of flow might help you improve your writing style.

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Using leaflets to publicise your books

Now here is a book marketing idea that hadn’t crossed my mind: using leaflets. Remember to:

  1. Make sure the leaflet will appeal to buyers in your market.
  2. Link the appearance of the leaflet to your book, so you reinforce your brand.
  3. Make the leaflet look as professional as you can.

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How to get your self-published books into book shops

Getting your book into local shops is a good strategy. Here is a post about how to get book shops to take your self published books.

It is a good idea to pay particular attention to the section on how not to do this job. Always remember that you are dealing with another human being. Thinking how you would react in their shoes is a very useful approach.

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