Six months after turning to freelance writing full-time, I've learned some lessons. Mostly about what not to do. Here are ten Don'ts and one Do. Don't blog about writing (hem) when you should be writing. You're not fooling anyone - you're playing for time. Don't get two-thirds of the way through the first draft of … Continue reading 10 Don’ts & 1 Do
Yesterday I had to visit a solicitor's office to have my identity validated. I'd failed a money laundering test because I have two addresses and it wasn't clear to anybody, including me, in which one I lived. According to the test I was a paradox; an object that had failed to satisfy any condition. Fortunately, these … Continue reading I am me. Really.
One of the things I've learned (and am still learning) is that once a book has been published, genuine reviews on book sites such as Amazon and Goodreads are like gold. If anyone has read The Wrong Story and liked it, a review on either of those sites would be hugely appreciated. Thank you! And to those … Continue reading Reviews and comments
Five months ago a very important person in my life died. I was there. I saw it all. Senses diminished. Movement slowed. Breathing stopped. It might be witnessing the mechanics of dying, or trying to accommodate the loss, or just failing to comprehend nothingness. I don't know. But that moment, that image... it just won't go away. I do get it. … Continue reading That Moment
I am obsessed. For the past week The Wrong Story has been available for pre-order. I could go online and look at it, pre-order it if I wanted, search for it. And I have. I can't stop looking at it. Sales rankings and review stars. At the beginning of the week I was in the top 35000. Yippee! … Continue reading The Wrong Story – 503g of obsession
I call it 'rolling the pastry'. And it's not a metaphor for something rude. So those of you that thought it was, read no further. You will be disappointed. It's about writing - again. I sit down, I start typing and when I look up a few hours later I've got about 1000 words sitting on the page. A good … Continue reading Rolling the pastry
I spoke at the fabulous Bath Writing Events (@WritingEvents) the other day. It was my first outing and I wanted to make a good impression. I made notes, rehearsed against timings, hoped I wouldn't run out of things to say. And then the night before I spotted an unusually long hair growing out of my eyebrow and … Continue reading I am unblocked