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'Write with...' - Week Eighteen: writing a 'validation' scene

A lot of books want to follow a character through an important change. Perhaps they realise what wanted they wanted at the start of the book has totally changed; perhaps they hated somebody but now their feelings are entirely different; perhaps they assumed things about a place (a jail, a downtrodden school etc) and their beliefs have been reversed. Whatever the change is, if it is justified we (the reader) will buy into it. This week focuses on how we can ensure that change is permanent. What we can do as writers to cement the change and satisfy our reader. What do you do to show the reader this?

Cesca x

After studying History at Bristol University, Cesca went on to work as a TV Presenter for four years on various pre-recorded and live shows. She taught History for seven years and became a Housemistress at a Secondary boarding School in Berkshire.

Since winning a writing competition for the best opening paragraph to a novel, Cesca has won or been placed in prestigious short story competitions for: Women and Home, Wells Festival of Literature, Grace Dieu and has also had short stories published in the Sentinel Champion and Sunday People Magazine.

She has written regular reviews and features for the popular women’s fiction website Novelicious and now films weekly vlogs to help wannabe writers for She lives in Bradfield with her husband and their brood of ex-battery chickens.

The Silent Hours is her first novel.