Derek Thompson

Contributing Editor |
Derek Thompson - Author, blogger, columnist, and copywriter. Also a little comedy writing when the stars align. "The penned is mightier than the unwritten word." I write the Thomas Bladen British spy thriller series, and a whole bunch of other stuff - short fiction, business copy, etc. --- My opinions are for entertainment purposes only. --- Amazon Central page: Blog:

Posts by Derek

What They Don’t Tell You About Writing

Who is "they" anyway?

News From Across The Pond – Thrills and Chills

Derek of Penzance counting the number of spy thrillers he has written, mesmerizing the crew

The Naming of the Prose

Derek Thompson gets to grips with the title of his fifth spy thriller.

Back in the day, I wrote a blog post about the challenges of naming novels.
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The Knowers

Every decision, so they say, creates a parallel dimension, setting up another ‘self’ who goes on to make different choices, ad infinitum. Well, they say that in this dimension, anyway.  
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Coming Out Cotillion At 17

Not being a man of Catholic persuasions, I’m not big on confession, but I must confess this should have been posted yesterday for Halloween.

So a huge apology to our very own  Madame Parisianne Michelle Modert.
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The Last Dance

Well, hello there. Back in the day, the Stoics were a bunch of philosophers who believed in suffering in silence. They were, you might say, not big on Emotional Intelligence.
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Plagued by plagiarism?

Hi y’all,

Every now and again I come across a post, somewhere on the web, that stops me in my tracks and takes my breath away.
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The Scarlet Pumpernickel


They seek him here…

Well, actually, it’s Thorn who’s been doing the seeking. While I thought he was playing his own version of Where’s Waldo (Emerson), he assures me, by the magic of email, that he’s been chomping at the bit to get back on the website.
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Moral Decay

 There are few guarantees in life (apart from my Mac’s irrational approach to uploading images – this is my third attempt). However, when an opening line includes the words “dead” and “cluttering”, we can pretty much guarantee that you’ll want to read on.
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Unnatural selection

Every first sentence suggests a plethora (I know, smart huh?!) of possibilities. Sometimes – like Terrie does here – the art lies in not showing your hand.
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The board walk


Those opening syllables are subtle clues of what’s to follow. They are breadcrumbs on the trail of a literary adventure. We may not know exactly where we’re going, but we’re eager to buy a ticket for the ride.  
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On reflection

It’s the shape of the thing, we’re so often told. No, not THAT! Well, not always that. Every piece of writing has a form – an author’s Rorschach, if you will.
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