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Dear 2016, What do you mean 2017 is going to be worse?

Trending on Twitter earlier this week was a “Dear 2016” line (not actually a hashtag).  One of the saddest was someone asking 2016 not to take Carrie Fisher, which it then promptly did, along with her mother.  The general idea … Continue reading

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Proofreading ULTRA yet again

When you see an error in a book traditionally published, you think, oho – shit editor.  When you see an error in a book self-published by the author, you think, oho-ho-ho – shit author.  This is just horrible! With the … Continue reading

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What do you do when you realise you are a terrible writer

Give up?  Start over?  Get a job stacking shelves in some shitty supermarket?  Turn into the dull, grey, dying-inside person you’re afraid of? I’ve spent all summer editing.  Both the third and fourth Fleet Quintet novels were already written but … Continue reading

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I am made from gossamer and the wind is howling

I don’t think I’ve ever struggled to write anything as hard as “Experienced.”  I even wondered if I had writer’s block or if I just too stressed to write or was perhaps even all written out.  I thought I might be losing … Continue reading

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Do Eureka moments really happen in the bath?

I have a huge list of things to do this year regarding my Brilliant Writing Career:  I was going to start off with the construction of my brand new website and then start editing my next novel, the third in … Continue reading

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How to write a successful Dan Brown novel in 10 easy steps

 Choose a popular subject.  Research it with great care (or get your research assistant/wife to do all the legwork) and then carefully reproduce huge tracts of your research in your novel.  Be extra-careful to have large info-dumps at strategic points … Continue reading

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The Big Kindle Edit

I’ve started editing Transference on my Kindle which is a whole new experience.  For the first time in twenty years, I’m not editing in front of a computer at a desk.  I’m sitting in my big squashy armchair, a horrible … Continue reading

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