If you want a ‘how to’ book on writing a compelling story, there are plenty out there. They talk about character development, scene structure, creating believable settings. It’s a harder job to find a simple guide to improving your prose.
One book which fits the bill is The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman.
It was recommended to me a few years ago by Nik Perring, and I love it because it showed me I could ‘learn’ to write good prose. It doesn’t have to be all inspiration from the muse. There are techniques. Knowing that made me keen to discover more.
So I’ve dug out a first draft of my novel, Fury, to find examples of seven useful things I’ve learned:-
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