August 25, 2017


September is drawing near. That means it’s only two months away from beginning the latest challenge for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, or NaNo for short). If you’re new to the concept, NaNo is about setting aside a couple of hours each day to challen...

December 6, 2016

I had forgotten that writing a novel is an endurance sport mixed in with monastic solitude. But, here we are at the end of National Novel Writing month, and I have, sitting on my hard drive (and backed up on a virtual drive) a document that contains 50,000 words of ori...

October 25, 2016

We’re approaching November which is National Novel Writing Month. The idea of writing a novel in those 30 days is upon us. The concept is that you may start at a minute past midnight on Tuesday 1st November, and complete 50,000 words (around 200 pages) by 23.59 on 30 N...

September 7, 2016

I wish there was a way to wave a magic wand and the beginning of a novel would suddenly appear. It doesn’t work like that, as any author who has spent months, sometimes years (or even decades) waiting for that first line to come will tell you. This discussion considers...

July 29, 2016

I've been thinking of some of the (many) mistakes I made when I was starting out as a writer, and thought it would be worth gathering them together. It’s not exhaustive, I’ve made plenty more mistakes since then. And while I’ve picked out some of the difficulties, I th...

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