#GuestPost from David Barker #BlueGold @UrbaneBooks @BlueGold201

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I have a great guest post for you today from debut novelist David Barker. His very topical novel Blue Gold will be published by Urbane on Thursday this week and will be available as a paperback from all good bookshops and as an ebook. You can order a copy online here: Blue Gold. His guest piece is looking at the importance of getting the beginning of a novel just right.

Right at the start

Blue Gold, my debut thriller out this month, went through many iterations as it seems, must all novels. But the part that changed the most during the editing process was the most important to get right: the beginning. Since the opening scene was the thing I had fixed most clearly in my mind when I started writing Blue Gold, it seems a little strange. So, what happened?

The original opening that I stuck…

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