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D J Harrison
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First Words
It was about eleven o’clock in the
morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in
the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark
blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool...

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On Writing
William Shakespeare was not impressed when we met. Me? I'm trying to put on a brave face in front of the diminutive literary giant and failing badly. It's easy for a writer like me to fall into the trap of becoming overwhelmed by a feeling of inadequacy whe...

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There's a big difference between central characters and minor characters. Here's what I mean: 1. Getting punched in the face Minor character collapses unconscious in a heap, never bothers anyone ever again. Major character rides the savage blow, comes back ...

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a Bit of a Rant about Publishing
If you're reading this then you're almost certainly a reader and you might even classify yourself as a writer. I've written lots in this blog about the process of writing and my own personal experience. It's been a while since I had a proper rant about self...

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Review of 2017
Dark days ahead? I really commend the blog written by Tara Sparling, a talented lady that I met at the Harrogate Crime Festival. I mention Tara's blog because I'm about to do something that writers get into big trouble for and...

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This is the result of the previous submission I made to the BBC. Note the date. January 1972. It's taken me this long to recover from the feeling of disappointment. OK, I suppose I'm not quite there yet. In 1972, submitting a script was much more difficult ...

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This isn't a review site. Usually. Today I'm making an exception. I like watching TV and I like watching films. I rejoice at the freedom the internet has granted me to watch more or less whatever I want more or less whenever I want to. There's also the abil...

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As Stephen King will tell you, writers rarely ask each other where they get their inspiration from because we don't know. The more we think about it, the weirder it becomes, so we tend to take it for granted that the ideas will flow. Some of us find inspira...

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How the universe works
Ever wondered what make everything the way it is? As far as I can make out there's just one fundamental law that governs everything, it's called the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This states simply that the entropy of any system always increases . So there ...

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It's November and time for the horribly named Nanowrimo which provides encouragement for writers to get down and write like hell for a month. 50,000 words is the target and it takes daily dedication in order to achieve it. I've often referred to the desirab...
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