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We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts on tour today for Writing Fiction – a user friendly guide by James Essinger.

If you’re on a writing journey yourself, or considering starting writing, you should definitely check this out.

Writing Fiction by James Essinger is published by The Conrad Press and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.

Writing Fiction – a user-friendly guide is a must-read if you want to write stories to a professional standard. It draws on the author’s more than thirty years of experience as a professional writer, and on the work and ideas of writers including: * Anthony Burgess * Joseph Conrad * George Eliot * Ken Follett * Frederick Forsyth * Dan Harmon * Ernest Hemingway * David Lodge * Norman Mailer * John Milton * Ben Parker * J.K. Rowling * William Shakespeare * Martin Cruz Smith * J.R.R. Tolkien The twenty-four chapters cover every important matter you need to know about. Also featuring special guest advice from legendary screenwriter Bob Gale, who wrote the three immortal `Back to the Future’ movies (1985, 1989 and 1990), and novelist and screenwriter William Osborne, whose many screen credits include the co-writing of the blockbuster `Twins’ (1988).

This highly entertaining book gives you all the advice and practical guidance you need to make your dream of becoming a published fiction writer come true.


James Essinger has been a professional writer since 1988 and has written non-fiction and fiction books. He is also an editor, literary agent and publisher.

Within 24 chapters, Essinger discusses developing characters, plotting, creating suspense, ‘plants’, backstory, show and tell, length of novel, prose, language, editing and his golden rules in writing.  

Becoming a new novelist is extremely daunting but this book includes advice on some common errors new writers can make, in a friendly way. I really enjoyed the chapter on ‘plants’ and how they should be used correctly.  

Included in this book are three appendices, the first one lists common mistakes in grammar. I believe that many adults should read and understand for their own personal writing, especially on social media. These errors can hinder your chance of having an acceptance from a publisher, so worth reading and taking note.

The other two appendices include using poetry in planning stages and a short story written by the author.

Writing Fiction is a user-friendly guide that is interesting with great tips.

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James Essinger has been a professional writer since 1988.

His non-fiction books include Jacquard’s Web (2004), Ada’s Algorithm (2013), which is to be filmed by Monumental Pictures, and Charles and Ada: the computer’s most passionate partnership (2019).

His novels include The Mating Game (2016) and The Ada Lovelace Project (2019).


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