Hey, isn’t it weird how fast time goes?
I know some of you out there will be grumbling “oh, he thinks it goes fast now, he’s only 28, wait until he’s 82, then see how quickly the time slips by.
Well, firstly, I’m 26, not 28 and, secondly, I get that, it’s all a matter of perspective.… Read the rest
You have no idea for how many years I’ve tried to sustain a consistent blogging effort.
Honest, since I was a teenager, it’s been going on. I would sit down, tell myself I was going to blog blog blog and not stop.… Read the rest
Last month we spoke about how you can best secure yourself an agent, and it’s great to receive your emails regarding your success.
Of course, as yet, no one has secured an agent, but it’s great to hear that less than 10% of you have been arrested and so far we are looking at one murder-suicide so long as you don’t believe the papers.… Read the rest
This blog comes at a very inconvenient time.
See, I’ve taken a week off work to catch up on my blogging and to finish the latest draft of my book, and things have been going well.
I’ve been working hard. Getting up before eight I’ve been reading my latest Man vs Bookshelf book until around ten; then I’ve been getting to write, stopping for lunch and dinner but in the main going and going until after midnight.… Read the rest
I’ve mentioned before how autobiographies often give you very little to say, and I’m going to mention it again now because, well, I’ve got very little to say.
It’s filler. Word count.
Not that it matters. Not that I need to fill a word quota.… Read the rest
A CHILD IS MISSING. A MAN HAS BEEN ATTACKED
The black sheep’s shadow hangs over this once peaceful village and, unless James acts fast, it may never see clear skies again
OR READ THE FIRST THREE CHAPTERS NOW
There are a lot of reasons to buy a book, some sensible, some not so much.
One of them is because you emphatically agree with its title.
I’ll leave it up to you to decide where on the scale that comes.… Read the rest
It’s Sunday afternoon, a week after I finished one blog and started another.
In the first, I spoke about the word count of my upcoming novel – The Black Sheep’s Shadow and how it concerned me. I was slashing words left and right and, while I was sure it was improving the story, I had already trimmed 12,000 words, and I was afraid at the rate I was going the novel was going to drop from around 96,000 words to not much over 60,000 words.… Read the rest
Last week, just before I started this blog, I was sitting in bed thinking about it. Wondering whether I could write two blogs in a row opening with a section about the word count of my latest novel.
I decided that I could, and for a good reason.… Read the rest
It feels as though my blog writing game has been well off recently.
Asked to guess, I would probably say I had not written more than one a week in the last five weeks, but this cannot be so. They come out every five days, and I’m still three weeks ahead of schedule.… Read the rest