Why not get yourself a free book?

Hey, it’s been a couple of days since my last blog and I thought since you’ve waited so patiently, why don’t I give you a free book? Sounds altruistic, I know, but don’t let that fool you. I’m only doing it so I can harvest first your emails then later your organs. Uh, actually, ignore Read more about Why not get yourself a free book?[…]

10 stages every novel plan needs

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series How to Win at Authoring

You’re starting to see it now. Following the first lesson in this course, you developed a kick arse idea that was going to change the world. After lesson two, you created a host of awesome characters (plus an insufferable hero). Armed with these, you dived into your plan, ready to craft something brilliant and unique. Read more about 10 stages every novel plan needs[…]

5 ways to generate ideas

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series How to Win at Authoring

Everything begins with the idea. Simple as that. It doesn’t matter if you can craft beautiful dialogue. If your prose makes people accept the existence of God. Or if your metaphors are good like chocolate cake. That was a simile. Even if you have all that, it doesn’t matter. Not if the best idea you Read more about 5 ways to generate ideas[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Six Years

This entry is part 14 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

After last weeks disappointment with ‘Silence’, I needed this week’s book to provide a lift. I needed something fun, funny, fast-paced and exciting. In short, I needed Harlen Coben. Harlan Coben and Me In a move that Harlan himself described as “Christmas come early” I mentioned Coben in one of my previous blogs. It was Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Six Years[…]

National Novel Writing Month in Review

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series National Novel Writing Month 2017

November is dead. Long live December. The weather gets colder. The skies get darker. And tomorrow I will be putting up my Christmas tree even though my mother says it is too early. I will also be spending at least the next month redrafting the book I wrote in October., so that’s exciting. But irrelevant. Read more about National Novel Writing Month in Review[…]

National Novel Writing Month: Victory

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series National Novel Writing Month 2017

DAYS TWENTY-FOUR & TWENTY-FIVE Written 26/11/2017 for 25/11/2017 and 24/11/2017 Yes. Another zero-day. It was a Friday. A real shit day actually. Not only was it my second zero-day but I didn’t even get any reading done in the evening. So yeah, that was a real ‘cry yourself to sleep’ evening for me. Yesterday was Read more about National Novel Writing Month: Victory[…]

National Novel Writing Month Days 20-23

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series National Novel Writing Month 2017

DAY TWENTY Written 21/11/2017 for 20/11/2017 My 10,000-word day got me into a better position than I had thought. But you already knew that, didn’t you? Didn’t you? Anyway, it turned out I only needed to write 2,700 words to stay on target for finishing at the end of the month, so I aimed for Read more about National Novel Writing Month Days 20-23[…]

National Novel Writing Month: Pivot (day 19)

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series National Novel Writing Month 2017

DAY NINETEEN Written 20/11/2017 for 19/11/2017 Right, I talked about this in the last post. I completed National Novel Writing Month’s 50,000-word target. Now, it’s time to pivot. However, the book, which is shaping up nicely in many ways (and is a fucking disaster in many others – such is a first draft) is not Read more about National Novel Writing Month: Pivot (day 19)[…]

National Novel Writing Month? Completed it. (days 16-18)

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series National Novel Writing Month 2017

DAY SIXTEEN Written 17/11/2017 for 16/11/2017 After a zero-day, you have to rally. It’s not enough to look back and say you’ve done loads recently, so it’s okay. Or even to say that you’re well over target, so it doesn’t matter. It’s a psychological thing. Two bad days in a row and you start to Read more about National Novel Writing Month? Completed it. (days 16-18)[…]

National Novel Writing Month Days 6-10

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series National Novel Writing Month 2017

DAY SIX Written 07/11/2017 for 06/11/2017 I’m overextending myself. I knew I would. I always do. I get too into it I love the writing and the blogging and the tweeting, so I just add more and more. At the moment I write this diary thing when I get to work before I start. Then Read more about National Novel Writing Month Days 6-10[…]