Communicating the unspeakable: why I wrote about a women’s refuge in How to Play Dead

It’s not what you think. I have experienced domestic abuse, but it isn’t my story that I decided to write about in my novel How to Play Dead. It’s about services Superwomen.

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Subtext: what lies beneath

Subtext is implicit. Subtext is a gradual understanding of meaning behind the text that develops as the story unfolds. Subtext can be something we turn to when we have nothing else.

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Finishing a first draft – what now?

inishing the first draft of a novel is a great feeling. You have worked on the story, lived with the characters and in their world for a significant amount of time – but what’s next?

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