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Hi. My name is Ellen Allen

I’m an avid reader and indie author, usually found in the south of France, either wild swimming or writing my next story, sometimes with a glass of wine in hand…

I collect titbits on all things bookish as well as advice on how to write, submit, & publish really good fiction.

"Old Man" For The BBC; Why It's Good To Start Out By Writing A Play

"Old Man" For The BBC; Why It's Good To Start Out By Writing A Play

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The first story I finished,

(and finishing is always the difficult part) was a play I submitted to the BBC.

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It was about an

83-year-old man called Charlie,

who decides to confront some loose ends as he approaches death, with serious consequences for his estranged daughter.

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It was accepted to

the second round,

and the detailed feedback I received, encouraged me to keep writing.

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It’s good to start out

with a play,

because you can only write dialogue to drive the plot forward – you can’t add descriptions or tell people what’s happening – so it’s a great way to learn to be efficient and precise. To show, and not tell, the reader what’s going on.

No Need For The Pool; Seaside Musings About Henry Miller's Efficiency

No Need For The Pool; Seaside Musings About Henry Miller's Efficiency

My First Book, The Sham; What Music Playlists Can Bring To The Party

My First Book, The Sham; What Music Playlists Can Bring To The Party