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Another OMG Moment

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Today, a friend of mine e-mailed our writers' group to say she was mortified to have sent out a query to an agent whose website said they were closed to submissions. 'How could I have made such a Rookie mistake?' she says.

Haven't we all done something similar? Like send a query in Bookman Old Style Font instead of Times New Roman, or attached the first twenty five pages instead of chapter 1 to 3. Or maybe even sent the synopsis as an attachment instead of as part of the e-mail?

We press the 'send' button and the panic sets in - Then we twist ourselves in knots and imagine the agent has assigned us to a Blacklist on some secret database accessible only to other agents, saying, 'This author ignores instructions!'

So we e-mail all our author friends on how dumb we have been and what to do - and they all mail back to commiserate and reassure us there are plenty more agents out there who don't know what idiots we are.

Then we stress over whether we ought t…

Ghosts at Ham House?

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Last June, an article appeared in the Elmbridge Guardian with a photograph of a ghostly image a tourist captured on camera at Ham House. A visitor and his girlfriend described hearing a deep growl while on a tour of the lower floor. Something compelled the girl to take a photo as they left the room.

He said: “We were walking out and I just felt I couldn’t be there. I had tingles down my body but my girlfriend felt the need to take a picture. When the couple got home and uploaded the snap, they spotted a white, orb-like shape in the picture of the empty room. He is convinced his photograph is the “capture of the century”, as he believes it shows the duchess, her dog and her cane, which residents claim to have heard tapping along the floorboards.

Ham House, built in 1610, has a history of hauntings, with the Duchess of Lauderdale and her dog the subject of numerous sightings through hundreds of years. The house has been subject to a year long investigation by paranormal investigators w…

Complex Plotlines

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I am told that I don't write standard romances because my storylines are too complicated. This confuses me somewhat, because even if a couple have conflict to work through to fulfil their goal of being together, how can they do so without interaction and relationships with other people who affect their lives?

As a result of visiting blogs and writing sites to see where I am going wrong - if indeed it is wrong to have more than one storyline running through a novel. One article reads:

'Action is not story. Events are not story. We don't have story until we have a determined character with a goal who faces mounting obstacles along the way to achieving that goal.If your hero's goal is to find a hidden family treasure, then create events that prevent him reaching that goal. Don't have him solving a murder, save his best friend from a gangster and build a racing car from a kit at the same time. Pick a single, central conflict.'

The above make perfect sense, [except th…

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