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Good Reasons for Writing by Hand

I originally wrote this post for the Alliance of Independent Authors‘ blog, where I explain why I choose to write by hand, tempting as it might be to jump aboard the latest technological bandwagon. Can I persuade you too to give it a…

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A writer’s regret

Being as I am in that awkward space that a writer finds themself in, of having finished writing the one novel but not yet having started the next, my mind is,  as I begin to read and revise   Mr Tumnal,…

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Workplace of a Modern Writer

Yesterday, this was the scene, come rain or shine (yes, it did rain, epically, at 18:25 when the heavens opened with torrential thunderstorm) I was at my writing station under the umbrella (in sun, for shade, and in rain, for…

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Not writers’ block but a block on writing

I’ve been going about my life, going to work, cooking dinner, reading books, watching television… living my life, with my novel sitting beside me at all times trying to get it past the current (now most-recent) scene. All the time…

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First words of a story

After yesterday’s ramblings about the small seeds of bigger stories, today I found my old writing notebooks with the early sketches of plotting and characters. It’s interesting to look back – especially having seen how The End Of All Worlds…

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The Art vs. The Craft

This post began life in a comment to a recent post by Helen; one that made me consider art vs. craft of writing a novel. I think that I too might have payed too much attention to doing something different…

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Rethinking the future of the publishing company

An interesting article on the future of publishing, changing processes within publishers… Rethinking the Publishing Company by Kassia Krozser September 14th, 2010 I think we all know what the publisher of today looks like. The hierarchy and positions have become…

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Creating things

Today I was emailing back and fourth with Elizabeth Ewing aka. Kerner who works with me, all be it in the Edinburgh office, about this and that (mostly it has to be say the glamness of Bella’s new collar) but…

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The layby of my immagination

The annoying thing about driving is that you can’t just stop and write down things that occur to you as you’re driving, particularly when you are cruising at 70 down the outside lane of A34. Similarly I don’t want to…

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The inspiration of the night

It’s a curious thing that there does definitely seem to be a correlation between the more time you have to do something and the less that you actually achieve. So it is, that with a whole weekend spread out before…

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Backwards Writing

As I stumble ever the closer to the end of my penultimate chapter/part of The Novel, I find myself writing backwards. I don’t often do this, but occasionally I find it useful to write a scene and then work backwards…

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The stirring of the creative soul

Today has been one of those days when it never really seems to get light. Waking in the halflight of morning with grey fog thick around me, it never lifts, and morning blends into afternoon, and the halflight of dusk…

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The process of writing

All writers’ have our own particular habits and preferences as regards how we write – Philip Pullman describes how he writes in biro on A4, narrow ruled, feint lined paper, before typing it up. I write in ink, on paper…

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Out of the vacumn

Writing can be a solitary business (you know the old cliché of the writer in his garrett at the top of some ricketty old appartment block…), but I’ve realised that the one thing I really need to write is too…

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Blood & Fire: a work in progress

Duration: Four months (of which two months September-October 2001) Pages: 76 Words: 20, 251 Chapters: 2 Paragraphs: 617 Lines: 1,931 This is going to be the one. I can feel it. I can sense it. It has a certain life…

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Blood & Fire: a work in progress

Duration: Four months (of which two months September-October 2001) Pages: 76 Words: 20, 251 Chapters: 2 Paragraphs: 617 Lines: 1,931 This is going to be the one. I can feel it. I can sense it. It has a certain life…

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