I'm pretty sure most writers have been, or will go, there. You read a book by another author friend of yours. It's fucking fantastic. You read the beautifully constructed sentences, the tightly woven plot, the unexpected twist. It's all so clever and lovely and fucking excellent. And you think, why can't I write like that?… Continue reading Professional envy. Or, Damn all the words.
January 16th. It's raining. And grey. It's England in January, after all. But I've woken in a lovely holiday home looking over the Yorkshire dales, and I can see the sea. My wife is downstairs doing body combat, and my in-laws are having a quiet breakfast. We're on our yearly family winter break. It's beautiful… Continue reading Re-birthday things
Well...that went by in a whirlwind. Last year, I wrote about being an anti-social sloth-hermit and about what a busy, wonderful year it was. This year, I've actually had to look back on my calendar to see what happened in 2018, because on the 2nd day of 2019, I can't remember much... So here's a… Continue reading Time particles and soul drinking
Hello there, Just a little message to let you know several of us BSB UK authors are blogging about the holidays and giving away books over on the BSB site (and FB page). If you'd like a chance to win a book, drop your name in the comments on the blog or on the FB… Continue reading Join in
Time is a thief. A criminal who takes our most precious thing, our non-possession, right before our eyes. It steals moments in minute form. And there is no complaint department. There is no one from whom to demand your time be returned. No one to cry to as the thief steals away so often without… Continue reading A bag of time
Day 3. What happens when the story is coming out, but you're not in love with it? What happens when you've got a chunk down, but you don't care? As in, I'm not bothered if these characters make it or not. I don't even care what happens next... That's not a good sign. If the… Continue reading When it goes wrong
We're on our annual personal writing retreat in one of our favourite places. That means a lovely view, a laptop, and words. All day long. We laugh, talk over plot things, nibble, remark on the lovely sunrise/sunset/sky/clouds/water and generally just chill out while getting our word count up. I could so easily live the life… Continue reading Word chill
This post is part of the Women-Loving-Women blog hop, featuring lots of great authors loosely writing about the same general theme each month. At the bottom of this blog you'll find a link to another another's great blog. Have fun reading! This month's topic: My first book. I didn’t set out to be a… Continue reading I didn’t mean to…
Hey all. Hope you're well as we slide into autumn. Here in the UK, we've had a gorgeous run of chilly sunshine and our yard is full of Halloween decorations. That definitely points to the fact that there's a Yank living here, since no one else in the entire estate has decorated. Anyway, I'm going… Continue reading Come Talk to Me?
A writer and teacher I greatly admire once said during a lecture that many writers find themselves revolving around themes. At first it's a subconscious thing, and then with each book (or story), if you can step back and look at your work, you'll find you dance around particular issues that mean something to you.… Continue reading Circling the important stuff