Monthly Archives: January 2015

What’s Your First Draft Like? – Rebecca Muddiman

Another great ‘First Draft’ blog – very interesting!

Rebecca Bradley

Today I have the lovely Rebecca Muddiman to talk to us about her first draft process.

Rebecca Muddiman (2)Rebecca is from Redcar and has lived there all her life except for time working in Holland where she lived on a canal boat, and in London, where she lived six feet away from Brixton prison. She has a a degree in Film and Media and an MA in Creative Writing. In 2010 she won a Northern Writers’ Time to Write Award and the Northern Crime Competition in 2012. Her first novel, STOLEN, was published in 2013. Her second, GONE, was published in January 2015. She lives with her boyfriend, Stephen, and dog, Cotton, in a semi-detached house which they have christened ‘Murder Cottage’.

When you decide to write something new, what is the first thing you do?

Once I’m fixed on a particular idea I try to develop it into an actual story…

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Writers, Are You Using Hashtags? Here’s Why You Should…

Really helpful blog about #hashtags – thank you!

Crime Fiction Writer Sue Coletta

If you’re anything like me I was utterly baffled using hashtags. Sure, I’d seen them around. You’d have to be blind not to see them everywhere. I’d even used them a time or two when I was searching for a pitch party. But I had no idea how much they could impact my online presence.

First let’s start with why you should use them.

Hashtags are crucial for writers who…

  • are building, or continuing to build, an online presence
  • want to sell their books without spamming people
  • want to reach their readers and piqué new readers’ interest
  • want to connect with other writers


Still not convinced? Check out what I learned through my research.

  • By using one or two hashtags in your tweet you receive two times more engagement than without them.
  • Tweets with one or two hashtags have a 21% higher engagement than those with three hashtags.
  • When you…

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Two pieces in forthcoming edition of @TheOghamStone

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I am delighted to say that I will have two pieces in the forthcoming edition of The Ogham Stone magazine which is due out in February. The Ogham Stone is a literary magazine based in Limerick and edited by MA students from the University of Limerick and you can follow their blog here


What’s Your First Draft Like? – A.D. Garrett

Super post and insight from great writer Margaret Murphy

Rebecca Bradley

Today I’m excited to say we have A. D. Garrett on the blog talking to us about her first draft process.

A.D. Garrett is the pseudonym for the writing collaboration between Dagger award-winning novelist, Margaret Murphy, and forensic scientist, Dave Barclay. Everyone Lies, published in 2013 to wide acclaim, was their first collaboration. The sequel, Believe No One, has just been released in paperback.

Murphy 2014 WebLgeMargaret Murphy has published nine psychological thrillers under her own name – in the UK and the USA, as well as in translation across Europe. She has been shortlisted for the First Blood award for crime fiction, and for the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger in the Library; in 2012 she was joint winner of the Short Story Dagger. A former Chair of the CWA and founder of Murder Squad, she lectures on writing and is RLF Writing Fellow at The University of Chester.

Dave Barclay…

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