Starting From Scratch – coming back from confidence knocks

This year I’m intending to make the most of New Years resolution season but getting myself back in the saddle with my writing. It’s been an epically intense couple of months at my day job and I certainly haven’t emerged unscathed. Constant criticisms from my current manager about my written work and the quality of […]

Using a Book as a Tool to Make money

Yesterday I attended an event which was primarily aimed at learning about business and making money. One of the last talks of the day was about how to use a book to this end. It was a completely new slant on the idea of writing a book and publishing it yourself. I preface this by […]

Writing Courses – Time well spent or dangerous time suck?

For me the question of whether to sign up for further writing courses has always been a sticky one. Should I be devoting the time to doing exercises for a new course or should I be working on my manuscript and trying to get closer to having something that is in a state which I […]

Disappointing our readers

I recently read the last of a series that I’ve been following religiously since the first book came out. (Joseph Delaney’s ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’ series) I love these books and think that Joseph has done a brilliant job with them. I found myself hugely disappointed with the ending, not because I didn’t like the direction […]

Getting it Wrong – The dreaded rewrite

Most of us when setting out to write our first novel are well aware that what we are going to produce will not be the final version; some editing is going to be required along the way. But do we set out knowing just how much work that is going to involve? I don’t think […]

Plotting and Writing Dead Good Fiction

Back in August I entered a competition on the Dead Good Books website.  (see the link below!) The task was to write the opening line to a crime novel in 140 characters. Knowing that I was either being really brave or really stupid, I submitted just four words: ‘Justin couldn’t get up.’ My reasoning was quite […]