To write or not to write?

The hidden ingredient in every piece of writing. Ask most writers, whether they are starting out, seasoned, or overcooked, and they all tell you the same thing – they write because it’s a compulsion. It’s the nagging internal voice when you read someone else’s below par writing that whispers, “You could do better than this.” …

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Give Your Freelancing a Reboot

Are you worn down by the well-travelled path? How many times have you found yourself following a familiar working pattern, even though it no longer delivers the same level of positive results? The routine runs like clockwork – set-up, prospecting, emails, social media, yadda yadda. If you’re not paying careful attention to your business you …

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A slice of homily pie

You write…WHAT? There is a school of thought that business blogs equate to online marketing, and that all information should be carefully managed to ‘champion the brand’. If your eyes are rolling at this point you’re not alone.  I’m all for promoting one’s business – this blog has worked well for me on that score over the …

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When Words Collide

No sense sitting on the offence. As I progress with my fifth thriller and tie myself in knots with middle class angst about some my working class characters’ attitudes, I’m quite attuned to our propensity to get things wrong. Getting it wrong doesn’t mean you’re necessarily prejudiced or bigoted. You could just be thoughtless. On the one hand, …

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Music for Writing

I can hear music. Not just a brilliant track by The Beach Boys (and also nicely covered by The Ronettes), but also a statement of fact. Why? Because generally I write fiction to a musical backdrop. When I work on a novel I use different types of music to get into the mood of a scene. …

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Do writers need boundaries?

Vive la difference! I’m at a really interesting point in the novel I’m writing. And I know that because it’s making me uncomfortable. It’s not violence or sex or swearing; no, it’s more subtle than that. It’s about religion and culture. More specifically, religion and culture that aren’t mine. I’ve recently had some brilliant email conversations …

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Is Social Media the Writer’s Friend?

Recently, The Guardian carried a piece about author Joanna Trollope’s criticism of fellow author JK Rowling. Specifically, JT thinks JKR spends far too much time being far too vocal on social media. You can read about it here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/05/jk-rowling-driven-by-ego-like-kim-kardashian-joanna-trollope The part that really piqued my interest was JT’s suggestion that aspiring authors will look at JKR’s interactions …

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Who Owns Your Books?

Now you see me. When it comes to books, the word ‘ownership’ can mean different things at different times.Who owns an idea?Nobody. Try copyrighting an idea and be prepared for laughter and disdain.Who owns a completed manuscript?Unless you’ve been paid to ghostwrite a novel, ownership rests with the author. The laws on copyright different between …

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The Writer’s Code

Sometimes we can’t see the woods for the bluebells. I always dread software updates. I expect things to go wrong. Today was a doosie. The iPad update had all kinds of nifty improvements that I neither wanted nor needed. It doesn’t need to interface better with any other device, or do any of the other …

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Authors & Books – Erik Carter

I never tire of meeting other writers (more often, online these days) and finding out what makes them tick. Whether we specialise in the same genre or find ourselves in different camps there are always stories behind the stories and an individual path to ‘The End’.  This time I would like to introduce you to …

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