Introduction On my Facebook feed, I’ve seen writers get frustrated with losing their work, or if they’re forward thinking, worrying in advance about how to cope in the worst case scenario. I used to work in IT and while I’ve tried to shift my focus more to writing and not get distracted by the technology,… Continue reading Backups
Introduction I can think of no other creative endeavour where newcomers would be told to just start and see what happens. Want to learn how to build furniture – grab some wood, nails, glue and screws and see what happens! Want to start painting, grab some paint and canvas and have a go. Don’t worry… Continue reading Why plan your novel?
All writers have those milestones in their career that stick in the memory. The first time you actually finish a manuscript or a draft. That one alone suddenly moves you out of the “I’ve got a great idea for a book” category into the realm of a writer. There are many dubious stats but I’m… Continue reading Those exciting milestones
I have a confession to make. We’ve lived here for nearly six years, and The Wife was born in South Wales and her mother still lives here. So, we have had many opportunities to go to the Hay Festival. And this year was the first time we actually managed it! An awkward distance This was the first… Continue reading The Hay Festival 2017
As long term followers of my blog will know by now, my brain has a limited capacity for producing words per day. When I start either writing or editing intensively, I don’t have any spare words left over for putting down in a blog. Or answering emails. Or marketing my book. Or organising life, come… Continue reading A quick update