Getting Started – the tools of the trade. Hoards of people want to write a novel. Just as doctors find that everyone they meet tells them about their ailments, authors find that everyone tells them about the novel they intend to write. Authors generally nod …Read More
How to Finish your novel – two essential tips.
Strangely enough, it took me years before these two things occurred to me. Although they’re very simple and very basic indeed, they are my most indispensable weapons in my whole writerly armoury. How to finish a story no.1: Start at the beginning and go on …Read More
You need to know these facts about fire, or your fantasy worldbuilding will fail.
Clearly there are many advantages to reading bad books. One of these is the inspiration to write blog posts in an effort to make sure it never happens again. There are several aspects of medieval life which are easily researchable, but which sometimes writers think …Read More
Book Review Targeter
So today I made a first step towards getting my Space Opera trilogy Lioness of Cygnus Five noticed. I have 15 reviews on the first book, and none at all on the next two or on the box set. This is deeply depressing. In an …Read More
How Not To Be An Author
A case study in how not to plan a writing career.Read More