The NovelMakers

There’s a new project on the go! In conjunction with my colleagues and partners Anita Belli and Ellie Holmes, we have created a new venture. The intention is to help novel writers and, as we say, turn a Writer into an Author – helping them from their manuscript to produce a publishable novel. We will

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Jumping into 2019

I’m splitting my look forward to 2019 into two parts: my own writing, and my writing-related business plans. In terms of writing in the near future, I’m participating in the 100kwords100days challenge again, and the project for that has the title “Meltdown”. It’s a thriller. It’s something I wrote (badly) a few years ago, but

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End of year – 2018

Look back on 2018 This was an interesting year, for sure. I looked back on my goals for 2018, written around this time last year.Embarrassing.2018 was going to be The Year Of Publishing Dangerously.I was going to publish at least 4 (count ‘em) novels this last year. I was also going to publish two collections

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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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Look ahead to 2018

As I’ve explained before, I don’t do resolutions. There’s just something about stating a specific goal, which then becomes a binary success indicator – you either ‘win’, or you ‘lose’. Or else they become wishy-washy, “I resolve to not eat so much junk food” type resolutions. No. I’m a goal person. It’s good to have

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End of year 2017

2017 ROUNDUP Hello, faithful reader (who am I kidding?) As you may know, if you’ve ever been near this blog before, at the end of the year I analyse what I’ve done, writing-wise, during the year. And I use last year’s writing goals as the yardstick by which I measure my success over the year.

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Story structure

I’ve been thinking a lot about story construction for months and months. I’ve tried various structures – 3-Act; 8-Part; 12 pillars; multi-layer 10 key scene; snowflake. All of them sort of work, in that they help me keep focussed on the story, what the key, underlying theme is, and help me keep an even pace

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Happy New Year!

As you may or may not know, I don’t do New Year Resolutions. I don’t like the binary, succeed / fail result that they cause. Most of life isn’t digital – it’s analog, so in that way, my 2017 targets will be just that – targets. Things to aim for, ideals. First of all, let’s

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End of year 2016

It’s strange, looking back. 2016 was an interesting year, away from writing – we had the EU referendum, and the USA elections, both of which returned surprising, not to say, unexpected, results. Both results could see huge changes in what happens in both the UK and the USA in the coming months and years The

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