Rachel McLean

Author of Twisted Realities

Writing

5 Reasons Why BBC’s Bodyguard Works So Well

5 Reasons Why BBC’s Bodyguard Works So Well

I’m hooked. It’s rare to find a TV programme so good that I set a date in my mental diary to watch it live. Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, the occasional sporting event. Everything else gets streamed. Even Bake Off (although only since it moved to Channel 4). But Bodyguard, currently showing on Sunday nights […]

The Secret Spaces in the House of Commons

The Secret Spaces in the House of Commons

Did you know that the House of Commons has secret spaces where only MPs are allowed? The one that’s least well-known features in ‘A House Divided’.

How I Write

How I Write

Some of you have been asking about my writing process. Here it is, warts and all.

What Makes a Great Story? Solo vs Infinity War

What Makes a Great Story? Solo vs Infinity War

I’m a student of storytelling. I believe that it’s the most important element of any fiction writer’s craft, and the hardest to get right. Assembling a great sentence is something you learn to do over time. In the average novel, there will be thousands of them, which gives plenty of opportunity for practice and improvement. […]

My research trip to London – was it a wasted trip?

My research trip to London – was it a wasted trip?

Last week I spent most of the week in London. I had three objectives: To attend London Book Fair, meet some other authors and learn some new stuff about writing and publishing. To go to WordCamp London, meet up with some of my WordPress friends and learn about what’s hot in WordPress circles right now. […]