Wandering Storylines

I’ve been watching Game of Thrones recently. (yes I have been a bit slow on the uptake!) It has got me thinking about storylines and the way we write them in our novels compared to how we used to make up stories in our heads when we were little. Game of thrones and its sudden […]

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 […]

Burning the Candle at Both Ends – Writing and Sleep

So, I curious when do most of you manage to fit in your writing? I’m particularly curious about those of you who, like me also have a full time day job which you need to fit your writing around. I know that I for one fit the majority of it in in the morning and […]

Multitasking – The Pros and Cons of working on multiple manuscripts

So, I currently have two manuscripts on the go. One is a complete manuscript which I am working hard on rewriting and editing, the other is the second half of the manuscript that I began as part of NaNoWriMo in November. Since then I’ve been trying to keep thingsĀ moving forward on both of them. I’m […]

Going it alone

I’m not afraid to say that I’ve been going through a bit of a slump in writing terms recently, I’ve managed to get myself back on track but things have been so busy and I’ve been feeling so on edge that fitting my usual writing time in simply hadn’t been happening. Its not the first […]

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 […]