Richard’s Playlist (33) – Only Love Can Hurt Like This by Paloma Faith

Richard and Rose get close and Rose is on cloud nine – but will it all end in tears?

I chose Only Love Can Hurt Like This by Paloma Faith as the title for this dramatic scene.


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Three Rivers – A Ricardian Poem

Pic of River Ure fro Warton Bridge

The River Nene, flowing far away
On past the castle of Fotheringhay
Passing the good news away to the sea
Richard Plantagenet, newborn is he
Youngest son to the Duke and Duchess
With joy we greet you and wish you success

Three rivers he knew
Three rivers passed through
The life of our King
Richard’s news to bring

The River Ure, speeding on by
The Castle of Middleham, on the hill, high
Sending the news of a chivalrous knight
A good, noble Lord, upholding what’s right
Richard of Gloucester, Lord of the North
With pride we salute you, as you sally forth

The River Soar, through Leicester city
Meandering on so clear and pretty
Taking the bad news – our King is slain
England in turmoil, unrest again
King Richard III, your life it cost
With sadness we weep for the great king we lost




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Richard’s Playlist (32) My Prayer by The Four Seasons

Still at Center Parcs, Rose and Richard visit the local church and discuss prayers. They go riding in the country together and play ten pin bowling, before a chess game and a drink of Calvados. The alcohol causes Rose to lose her inhibitions and reveal her feelings to Richard…

I thought the scene title of My Prayer was appropriate as they discussed religion and Rose’s thoughts actually mirror the lyrics to this one. Frankie Valli’s voice is amazing and the harmonies beautiful – I love this doo-wop style.

Pic of the Four Seasons

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Richard’s Playlist (31) – Little Arrows by Leapy Lee

Rose takes Richard on a break to Center Parcs where, among other things, they take part in some archery. Richard has his own bow and impresses Rose with his prowess, but there are other arrows at work too…the kind that emanate from Cupid’s bow!  So the amusing song, Little Arrows by Leapy Lee seemed to be particularly apt.

Pic of Lake at Center ParcsLake at Center Parcs

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We Need To Go Deeper – Into POV, That Is

Excellent tips!

Allison Maruska

When you dream, how do you experience the dream world? Are you yourself? Do you see things from your own eyes or from the outside? What kinds of dreams stick with you after you wake up?

Do you jump out of your head and into someone else’s, mid-dream?

If you were taken aback by that last question, hang on to that feeling because I’m coming back to it.

I want to invite you into a conversation, one in which a CP (critique partner) and I discussed a problem he was having with his WIP. I posed the dream questions as a way to understand how he sees the characters, because POV was the heart of the problem (check out this post for a basic description of the different POVs you can use for your story).

I’m sharing the conversation with you because in many published and pre-published work I read, I believe…

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Richard’s Playlist (30) – What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) by Kelly Clarkson

Richard is eating breakfast with Rose when he suddenly has a strange attack, something like a fit, for no apparent reason. Luckily it passes and then Rose realises what must have happened.

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Pic of Kelly Clarkson in Canada 2011

I chose Kelly Clarkson’s ‘What Doesn’t Kill you (Stronger)’ to illustrate this scene.

Image credit : By Febarrosbr (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Richard’s Playlist (29) – Glorious by the Pierces

Richard and Rose go to the re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth so that Richard can research it and find out what went wrong and how to rectify it. When they arrive they get a shocking surprise!  Richard has to take one of the leading roles. To find out which role it was and how it panned out please download, Richard Liveth Yet for Kindle.

I chose the song Glorious by the Pierces, because Richard certainly looked glorious in his armour and riding his horse, Royal Rebel.

Pic of the Pierces

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Richard’s Playlist (28) – The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins

Richard’s custom made armour arrives and he puts it on to show Rose. The song title had to be The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins (click to see his official website)

Picture of Dominic Smee in armourPerhaps Richard’s armour would be like this – Dom Smee models!

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Tip #22: All About Chapters

Excellent points

Useless Book Club

Night sky

Warning: contains extended metaphors

This tip is all about chapters. You use chapters to break up your novel. It’s a necessary evil because, if your novel flowed uninterrupted from page one to ending, you would find it very difficult to introduce leaps in the timeline, new themes or undiscovered locations.

How to create chapters

They’re not too hard to construct. A chapter is essentially a micro-novel. It has a beginning, middle and end. Approach it in the same way you would a story which stands on its own. Start from where you left the last chapter, with sudden action or unexpected/intriguing events. Draw your reader in from the outset.

The issue

But chapters create a problem. When I write, I’m always conscious of there being two types of chapter I create. It’s useful to think about them as stars and space. Imagine looking up the night sky (as with the image…

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