What ails you? Medical treatment through time

What ails you? Medical treatment through time

The astonishing intricacy of the human body is wondrous, yet sometimes it malfunctions and we fall ill. This blog post will look at how Western medicine and treatment – particularly in Britain – was influenced by religion and superstition, the printed word, war,...
How specificity can elevate your writing

How specificity can elevate your writing

Specificity in writing is about using precise, sharply defined words that convey your unique story. It is particularly useful in historical fiction because being specific, rather than general, conjures vivid settings and character, with economy of words. Here is an...
Five tips for eliciting emotion from your readers

Five tips for eliciting emotion from your readers

When we pick up a novel, we do so because we want to feel something. We want to have an emotional experience – to go on a journey not only alongside the characters, but also within ourselves. The stories that stay with us long after we close the pages tend to be those...
Five compelling ways to end a chapter

Five compelling ways to end a chapter

The phrase “page-turner” is synonymous with our idea of a good book. Go onto any bestseller’s Amazon reviews and I am willing to bet a fair few say, “I couldn’t put it down!”. Think of all the really good books you’ve read to which you found yourself saying “just one...

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