Author Archives: Lorena Goldsmith

About Lorena Goldsmith

Literary consultant at Daniel Goldsmith Associates.

Five Years of First Novel Prize

It started with a conversation on a warm summer afternoon in 2015, on the balcony of Robin Wade’s bright and spacious apartment, overlooking St Katharine Docks, London. Underneath, water lapped at the sides of the small boats, shiny and white, moored … Continue reading

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Vicki Bradley on her debut, Before I Say I Do

A conversation with Vicki Bradley on her debut, Before I Say I Do, the winner of the Third Prize in The First Novel Prize 2018 edition. The manuscript left a strong impression on the judges, Phoebe Morgan, Editorial Director at … Continue reading

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How to Become a Market-Savvy Writer in 5 Days (A Step-by-Step Guide)

‘Know your reader’ is a great mantra for any writer, published or unpublished, however, in today’s hugely competitive market, it doesn’t seem to be quite enough anymore. While ‘Know your industry’ is significantly less important, the extra knowledge can be … Continue reading

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How to Structure a Strong Narrative

Following on from the post on the action-consequence principle in building a strong narrative plot, in this post I’ll illustrate how to build a narrative mini-arc, by using one of the greatest examples of accomplished narrative structure, Ken Follett’s masterpiece, The … Continue reading

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What Is an over-developed Character?

Characters are often under-developed in beginning fiction writing. An unknown villain is a common example. That is a villain whose characterisation is not strong or compelling enough to convince us that he or she can pose some seriously menacing adversity … Continue reading

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Generic Adjectives are Bad for your Style

What’s wrong with this fragment, found in a novel: ‘Their conversation was stilted’? That’s right: it tells, it doesn’t show. Instead of creating a scene with the right atmosphere to show us that the awkwardness, boredom and self-consciousness of the characters … Continue reading

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Free Book Offer

If you always wanted to find out how your book fares and would also like to learn how to edit and improve it yourself, then July is your month. You can submit your manuscript for assessment in July and, if … Continue reading

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What Does it Mean to ‘Tighten your Story’?

Feedback from literary agents is a precious thing and new writers would do well to take it seriously and follow it. Sometimes, the feedback is crystal clear: ‘the stakes are not high enough,’ ‘a third-person narrator might work better’, ‘I … Continue reading

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How to Avoid saggy Middles

Middles can be drawn out affairs. The never seem to deliver quite the excitement of beginnings or the satisfaction of endings. Characters don’t appear to achieve anything and the story struggles to get anywhere. This is particularly the case with … Continue reading

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