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Please don’t do this to your writer friends

I know it’s April Fool’s day, but this is no laughing matter.

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Dialogue 2.0

Just over a year ago, my best friend and fellow writer, Sarah Jayne Tanner, kindly wrote a guest post for me on the subject of Dialogue. It was such a good piece that I didn’t feel the need to revisit the subject in my own blog topics for a while. If you haven’t read it,… Continue reading Dialogue 2.0

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That’ll Do For A First Draft

As a writer, I want each word I put down on paper to have meaning and purpose. I want each one of them to make readers feel and think and yearn to read on. As such, there is one particular phrase that makes me cringe: “That’ll do for now.” “No!” I want to say in… Continue reading That’ll Do For A First Draft

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The Joy of Writing by Hand

These days, there are many ways to communicate the written word, so the options for writers and how they get their ideas into the real world are pretty much endless. Over the last few years, I have come across people who write direct on to their laptop. By that, I mean they type. Literally writing… Continue reading The Joy of Writing by Hand

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Pre-Book Timeline

As you may have been able to work out by now, I am a Planner when it comes to novel writing. That’s not to say I always stick to said plans, but I certainly find it easier to work when I have a clear idea of what I’m doing. This means having a plan in… Continue reading Pre-Book Timeline

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World Building: Physical

I am a Sci-Fi/Fantasy writer and as such, world building comes with the territory. Even if the project I am working on is based in the real world, inevitably, there will be at least one element to set it apart. It could be something simple like a mirror that takes you into parallel realities (why… Continue reading World Building: Physical

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Finding Jaecks

Here’s a true story for you to think about. It concerns a man called Elias Jaecks and the moment that I realised I didn’t know him at all. This revelation struck me after I had worked through the first 70,000 words of my novel and had come to write the first line of Jaecks’ dialogue.… Continue reading Finding Jaecks