Swanwick!

Wonderful Swanwick – nearly 300 writers in beautiful surroundings, great food, and more writing input than almost any human can bear! It was my third time there, and it has lost none of its magic. From crime to short stories, teaching methods to character psychology, and a fun-filled agenda of evening entertainment. What’s not to

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New website design

I went and redesigned my website! Ain’t she purrdy? Just in time for my appearance at the Essex Book Festival – author day. How exciting! Come and see me, if you can, at Chelmsford Library. I’ll be on table 3 between 1pm and 2pm, and I’ll also me mooching around at other times, too. [

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Moan, moan, complain, complain …

Once again, I’m inclined to write about the ability (or otherwise) of writers to achieve commercial success and / or recognition for their writing. This follows complaints from some would-be authors: a) An indie author complains that their books aren’t selling enough to enable them to give up work and write full time. b) An

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Hitting the wall

Hello. I’m Gerald, and I write. I write lots. In my Works In Progress spreadsheet, I have 36 titles. Yes, 36. Over 1.1 million words. But out of all those words and titles, I have only 4 finished first drafts containing just over 200,000 words. Really? Are you kidding me? What’s going on? You may

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Hello, 2015!

No New Year Resolutions here. This is a resolution-free zone. Just some goals, smart targets, desires, that sort of thing. * I’d like to think I shall be writing at least a quarter of a million words this year. Last year, I wrote more than 276,000, but that was with very little editing, and no

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Goodbye, 2014

Everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn’t I? My wordcount for 2014 topped 276,000 words. Most of those were written during two editions of #100kwords100days (January and July) and NaNoWriMo. That’s quite a lot of words. More impressively (for me, anyway) that the total includes three completed works-in-progress – one to first draft stage (42k

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