How not to write scene-setters in your novel

I started reading a novel the other day and choked on the first three paragraphs, which were a kind of double-flashback sequence filled with ‘had beens’. I paraphrase: “…it was now…there had been…had been…had abruptly…had been…had they…had… had been…had they…he would…he had not…had grown…had happened…had summoned…” It didn’t get going with the immediate action for… More How not to write scene-setters in your novel

The obscure word of the week is vicinal

There are over a million individual words in English. Most of them are quite obscure and deserve better attention than they get. This week’s is vicinal. It means ‘neighbouring’ and is also a term in chemistry meaning something attached to adjacent atoms. It’s from seventeenth century French. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in… More The obscure word of the week is vicinal