Man vs Bookshelf: Quantum of Solace

This entry is part 42 of 48 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Recently, I have been going back over the early blogs in this series. The ones written back when the challenge was fresh and exciting – before I had gone through 60+ books and 40+ reviews. Before 2018 had hit like a missile through my fragile productivity. Smashing it into so many pieces. Those early blogs Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Quantum of Solace[…]

5 ways to finish that first draft

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series How to Win at Authoring

Already, during this course, we’ve come so far together. We’ve grown to know each other well. Better than well. Intimately. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I think of you as more of a lover than a mere student. Together we have completed the first three stages of any writing project. 1. Read more about 5 ways to finish that first draft[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Creative Writing

This entry is part 41 of 48 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I know that sounds like hyperbole. People always say ‘no you haven’t. You used to shit yourself and your mother had to feed you – don’t tell me you wanted to be a writer while that was going on.’ Well, first off, thanks for reminding me there was Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Creative Writing[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Will You Manage?

This entry is part 40 of 48 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

For the first eighteen years of my life, I had little interest in football. The interest I did have I forced. I was, to greater or lesser extent, a boy, and boys liked football. I should too. I had a team – Manchester United. Picked for my favourite colour (red) and favourite player (Beckham) who Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Will You Manage?[…]

10 stages every novel plan needs

This entry is part 4 of 6 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 characters every story needs

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series How to Win at Authoring

So you followed the first part of this course on ideas and the seeds of your next great story are beginning to grow. That’s great, so long as it doesn’t turn out better than mine. Now you have the germs of your story, you’ve progressed to the next logical step, creating characters. That’s not just Read more about 5 characters every story needs[…]

5 ways to generate ideas

This entry is part 2 of 6 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[…]

How to win at authoring: Course Overview

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series How to Win at Authoring

An introduction to ‘how to win at authoring’ Overview Every budding author needs to understand the key steps that will allow them to rise to the top despite their obvious lack of talent. Via the use of underhand tactics, lying, cheating, and other activities that will make your mother cry with shame this course will Read more about How to win at authoring: Course Overview[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Potter and the case of the Duplicates

This entry is part 18 of 48 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

There are plenty of books on my shelves a lot of people won’t know. This, I guess, will not be one of them. Let’s be honest, at this point Harry Potter is bigger than Jesus. Maybe even bigger than the Beatles. People are mad on the bugger, despite the fact he’s not the most compelling Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Potter and the case of the Duplicates[…]

Developing that initial idea (pt. 3 – World)

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Developing that Initial Idea

So far in this record-breaking series (most hate mail generated; least shits given; and the erroneous and unexplainable best series of blogs about apple tart), we have discussed how to turn your ideas for a story into a fully developed novel and how to insert character ideas into a story. Now comes the final part. Read more about Developing that initial idea (pt. 3 – World)[…]