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Learning to Kill my Darlings

When I first started out writing I saw a writing tip from Stephen King that said, ‘Kill Your Darlings.’ It must have been on one of those lists, you know the ones I mean; 20 Most Important Tips for Writers. That sort of thing. At the time I figured the advice was specific to the … Continue reading

Happy Endings

A while ago I wrote a post on the heart-breaking experience I’d had trying to get my first book published. I’d become involved with a partner publishing programme that didn’t work out (click here for details) and lost a lot of money and hope. Eventually I reached the point where I couldn’t face doing anything … Continue reading

Does Twitter Sell Books? An Unscientific Study

I love technology. I really do. Last year when I thought my book was going to be published (before the publishing company went pear-shaped) I set up a twitter account and happily set about building up a following, employing a combination of automated tweets (using Tweetadder), and personal engagement from the Twitter application on my smart phone. … Continue reading

Not Worth the Paper it’s Written On

Wow, it’s been 6 months since my last post when I was struggling with personal issues that were sapping my time and energy. But time moves on and circumstances change, mostly for the better, except … For a while I had been updating the release date of my first book on this site. It’s a children’s book … Continue reading

When Words Won’t Come

It’s been a few weeks since I managed a post. In that time a lot has happened within my family, with the break up of my sister’s marriage and the diagnosis of my mum with breast cancer, coming in very rapid succession. In both cases I have every reason to believe that the eventual outcome will be positive and, for now at … Continue reading

When is Enough, Enough? Researching Fiction

For the past couple of weeks I have carried on with research, trying to determine exactly what catastrophe will have hit the earth of my post-apocolyptic novel, and what exactly the impact on Earth of that catastrophe would be. I want my disaster to be a solar or astral event or a combination of these. … Continue reading

How Not to Research – A Cautionary Tale

Sometimes (like right now) I wish my legs were longer, and bendier, just so I could kick my own backside. Over the school holidays here in New Zealand I have done zero writing. Fair enough, I justified to myself, it is hard to get into the mental space to write when your days are filled … Continue reading

Ideas, Concepts and Dramatic Questions

One more week until school is back. Just seven more sleeps until the morning that I wave my kids off to school, brew a coffee, and settle back into some writing. I can almost smell the coffee. While I haven’t been writing (click here to find out why not), I’ve set myself another small goal – … Continue reading

Excuse or Reason? Why I’m not writing

There are hundred of blog posts online about the benefit of writing every day. You’ll find the same advice in writing books, and on creative writing courses. It’s accepted as a given. You need to write every day to improve the flow and the quality of your writing. There are also hundreds of posts online … Continue reading