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How to Write a Page-turner using a flatulent donkey

How to Write a Page-turner using a flatulent donkey

My man-servant Igor stands at the door of the lab holding a tray of bread and water. ‘You must eat, Doktor!’ ‘No, dear Igor,’ I cry. ‘There is no time. I’m almost there. The secret formula that has eluded and tormented writers for so long is within my grasp. How to...

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Try the World’s Cheapest Novel-Writing Course

Try the World’s Cheapest Novel-Writing Course

A round-Oxford bus ticket. £4.30. That’s all. For the price of two cups of coffee, you can lay the ghost that wanders through the labyrinth of your heart. You can finally get started on that novel. Begin your pilgrimage in London at that railway station named after...

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To Succeed as a Novelist, you Don’t Need Chekhov’s Gun

To Succeed as a Novelist, you Don’t Need Chekhov’s Gun

You need his time machine. Pick up a few creative writing textbooks, and sooner or later, you will come across a reference to the famous adage coined by Anton Chekhov, called Chekhov’s Gun. It goes like this: If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle...

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Marvelously imaginative…You’ll weep and laugh on the same page. Wonderful

 

The Guardian

Surreal, absurd and very funny.

 

The Times

Pryce really is in a league of

his own

 

Time Out

Malcolm Pryce