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2. Read. Read. Read. And then read some more. Make sure you read widely from magazines (filling the well for women’s fiction topics), newspapers (filling that well again), your own genre and others – history, biography, literary and everything else. It’s all storytelling and it can teach you so much.
3. If you have been away from your work for a while, rewrite it by hand. It helps to connect you to the story again. I also write out tricky passages as well as some of my more descriptive ones by hand.
4. Listen to your work. I use text to speech software that reads the work to me – you can’t hide from a clunky sentence or a missing word that way. The computer only reads what is on the page. It also gives you the necessary distance to edit.5. Know who you are writing for. I wrote for myself and women like me. I knew the stories I wanted to read and that helped me to find my writing voice.
The Cornish Stranger by Liz Fenwick is out now.