Fishing for Distorters

On editing…


John Hudspith. Writer, editor, Mr Spot-On.

I’ve been reading and admiring Johnny’s critiques for many years and personally benefitted from his hawk-eyed observations on countless occasions. Quite simply, he can make your best even better. How, I wanted to know, does he do it? He generously agreed to share his thoughts as this week’s guest post. Pure gold dust for writers.


When editing or critiquing, I work with the definite knowledge that every word matters. Every single word. To create beautiful prose, or prose that works well; i.e. it gives reader the smoothest and therefore the most enjoyable read he can have, means examining closely, in detail, the true meaning and the order of the words you choose to use, considering above all, reader’s moving imagery in his reading brain.

Misused words bring poor prose. Poor prose brings cloudy imagery and broken rhythm. Being a good editor/analyser is…

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In The Chair 35

My lovely writer, Debbie is talking bollocks today…

Jan Ruth

Welcome, D. J. Bennett.

How would you describe your writing style in only three words?

Debbie: Gritty, graphic, up-close-and-personal. Are hyphens cheating?


If you could have a relationship with one of your fictional characters who would it be and why?

Debbie: It’d have to be my bad-boy Lenny. He’s the only one I fancy. And since he’s as good with women as he is with guns, I suspect it would be a thrilling – if very dangerous – ride! I’d have to be thirty years younger, but since this is fiction, I don’t suppose it’d be a problem.

If you had to exist for a week in one of your books … which one would it be? Would you be a central character or simply watch the story unfold from the sidelines?

Debbie: All my crime books are set in contemporary England and mostly inner-city, or at least urban. Since I’m generally wallowing…

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