Tag: novels

Here’s Looking At You

I trust I’m not alone in that when I check out the reader reviews on sites like Amazon, I always look at the lowest scores first. It’s not literary schadenfreude that drives me, it’s the same approach I take with my own work. Some would say that makes me a glass empty kinda guy. More …

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Base camp

It happened a couple of nights ago. It was quite sudden; no great fanfare. One moment I was scribbling away in my writing pad (admittedly I’d been scribbling for over an hour) and the next – at approximately midnight – I stopped and looked at the page. The End stared back at me. That is, …

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Endings, Beginnings and Where Nexts

Barring a strong North Easterly, computer meltdown or a distorted sense of conscience, I should complete the first draft of my current Work In Progress Scars & Stripes in the next few days. It has been a strange and wondrous writing journey, raking through the bones and memories (and indeed the odd scar or two) …

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Right to (a) Reply

I don’t often do requests, but a fellow writer who has browsed this blog recently took me to task. He said I was being less than honest about those agents and publishers which have been a little tardy, neglectful or outspoken with their communications. I maintained – and still do – that it’s not only …

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Who’s in charge here?

There comes a point when you’re writing a novel, if you’re lucky, when the characters start to wander off in different directions. Different, that is, from the paths you’ve carefully laid out for them using your Plotter-matic 5000 (or A4 pages taped together). This has happened to me in three books now and always at …

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