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Hunting down that elusive ending to your story

If you can’t find an ending to your WIP, there is only ever one reason for it:  something hasn’t worked earlier on. I’ve reached the end of novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of different ways: I knew … Continue reading

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“To write is to rewrite”

“To write is to rewrite.  One writes for oneself, and one rewrites for others.” This quote comes from a character in Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s novel “The Labyrinth of the Spirits”.  The character is a writer, advising another, much younger writer.  … Continue reading

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How do you learn to edit your novel?

You don’t.  I didn’t, anyway, yet I am a ferocious editor of my own work and a brilliant proofreader.  This latter quality has been discovered in my Real World job and everything that is written is brought to me;  I … Continue reading

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The Big Red Edit

The Big Edit has begun!  And it’s begun in red pen, which means I have pages of manuscript covered with little red scribbles.  My red pen leaked everywhere too so my fingers looked as if they are dripping blood.  Hugely … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

I’m not wild about making resolutions.  And promising myself that I’ll go to the gym more often or eat more salads or work harder or be friendlier seems to have the opposite effect.  Setting writing goals seems to work, though. … Continue reading

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The Birth of the Fleet Quintet

The Fleet Quintet began originally with Commences, at that time a novella.  My intention was to write something about the beginning of the universe – but not the physical universe:  the universe of beings or entities or spirits, people who looked … Continue reading

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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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