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The Road Book


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The hardshoulder thing actually gave me an idea for another novel – a ‘Road Book’ as it were: a story of a writer leaving his home (possibly in Edinburgh, although maybe it would be better being further north than that…

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The windows onto the worlds converge


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And as they converge, so the final ending becomes so much closer; so much more real a thing… 93,508 / 100,000(93.5%) Current Mood: productiveCurrent Music: Vanilla Ninja – RockstarzCurrent Location: Oxfordshire

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The layby of my immagination


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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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Life is what happens to you when you are writing other words


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I’ve been meaning to write posts every day for all of the last week, but I somehow haven’t had the time. That said, I have been spending an awfully lot of the time at my laptop. My writing has been…

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Springtime and whisky

Today was one of those early Spring days that warms your heart and feeds your soul. From glorious sunrise, to winding back the sunroof for the first time this year on the way home from work. Something is working, and…

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And so I come to the final sixth

At 15:29 on Saturday 1 April 2006, I finished chapter five (or part five, if I subsequently do decide to sub-divide the titled parts with numbered chapters) of Blood & Fire. And so, I stand at a kind of precipice;…

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Backwards Writing


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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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Closing scenes


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The end of the bridge and you’re on the way home. The end of the bridge and you’re half-way there. Hanna leans into the song, her face taught in emotion. Wind blows through her hair. Alongside her Halldór fingers the…

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Moment of glory…

Give me ten words, either in a sentence or several phrases, and I will splice into my novel for you†. †The Author guarantees that these words will make the first draft, but does not guarantee their survival to the final…

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The Mill


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Encouraged by the the response my earlier post, I have done the unthinkable, and posted the entire novel into a brand new Shepline mini-site (although I should be cautious to say that the only link to it is here in…

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Understanding story

I’ve been discussing my synopsis over at my online writing crit group. It’s made me realise that the ‘evil’ Charles Ancell is using ‘new magic’ to facilitate the building of his money making aluminium plant. As such, he will be…

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So it is possible then…

Part of me desires an agent and a publishing contract with an established publisher’s; part of wishes that I could go it alone. Self-published my work under a new publisher’s (say Shepline Publishing?) that could then maybe publisher other books….

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Torn by the words

As I sit in front of the lcd screen, chapter five, up and on-screen, and ready for my imagination, I find myself torn. Yes, there are only, maybe, 20,000 words more to write: just one and a half more chapters….

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Gunnlaugr stands on the road above Hanna Katla Baldursdóttir’s family home, oblivious to the driving wind and rain. Below him, he watches the house, and the flames that burn within. 76,782 / 100,000 (76.8%) Current Mood: productive

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The signs of old, reborn

Where the light has radiated out from the box, there now shows an outline on the wall. And within the outline, more lines, words even; and symbols. “It’s Iceland.” Alice, head cocked to one side, looking at the dancing, glistening…

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The magic in the box

Previously on… 9th January 2006, at 11:24pm; the magic was with me. Conjured from boxes of carved bone and Black Death, Helen was creating magic and displaying power. But I had written my 500+ words, and it was a schoolnight,…

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