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The Clocks Going Back: Autumn and Winter Personal Challenges

Tonight, the clocks shift from BST to GMT as we had deeper into the autumn. Although spring is my favourite season, I love Autumn for the colours and the build up to Christmas. If also means nights in with the curtains drawn, a cup of hot chocolate in the hands and writing! Here, then, are… Continue reading The Clocks Going Back: Autumn and Winter Personal Challenges

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Some 21st Century Character Archetypes

This first appeared in 2012. New version edited and updated. I read a lot of books and I watch a lot of films and TV series, typically in the evening to wind down from spending all day on the laptop working. I've identified several tropes of the modern age. I don't know if any appear… Continue reading Some 21st Century Character Archetypes

Advice for Writers

10 Books with the Best Closing Lines

(UPDATED AND RESCHEDULED POST) The opening line of a book is vitally important for grabbing the reader by the throat and making them not want to let go. But what about the final line? Regardless of whether there is a sequel in the works, the final sentence - although not as important, still requires some… Continue reading 10 Books with the Best Closing Lines

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Feed a Writer AND an Artist: Buy Books New!

"Do you know how much it costs to pay an artist to design a custom cover for your book?" Was a question I recently asked of somebody in a book group. This was in response to how "cheap" self-published and indy book covers look, and that they "put readers off". While readers are drawn to… Continue reading Feed a Writer AND an Artist: Buy Books New!

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Some Dos and Don’ts for Writing a Prequel

It seems prequels, prequel-sequels and sequels to prequels that remain prequels are all the rage at the moment. This year, I've read Philip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage (the first volume in His Dark Materials follow-up, but a prequel) and last weekend watched Alien Covenant. These two works have got me thinking a lot about what… Continue reading Some Dos and Don’ts for Writing a Prequel

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The World’s Worst Elizabethan Poet Writes a Love Sonnet

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you're planning some romantic time with your partner or engaging in some self-care if you're single. I rarely write about lurrve, but in my novel Salmonweird (still waiting for an agent to snap it up), I introduce the world's worst Elizabethan poet. Here is just how awful she is...… Continue reading The World’s Worst Elizabethan Poet Writes a Love Sonnet

General Updates

Happy 2018! My Goals for the Year

Happy New Year everyone! I hope your Christmas break was as relaxing as you deserve. I love Christmas and New Year, the sights and sounds, food and carols. It always give me a time to reflect on the events of the year that just passed and 2017 was no exception. Nothing too remarkable happened if… Continue reading Happy 2018! My Goals for the Year

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Comparing my Zombie Novellas Dead Heat and Dead Lock

The main thing I was trying to achieve when writing Dead Lock was to present several similar scenarios from Dead Heat with very different outcomes. Some of these are major plot points but this dynamic was also present in the smaller interactions between the characters. One of my favourite scenes was the moment Jim tried… Continue reading Comparing my Zombie Novellas Dead Heat and Dead Lock

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Introducing the Gladiators of My Current WIP

Now I'm in the process of seeking an agent or publishers for my Cornish supernatural crime comedy caper Salmonweird, I return to my other unfinished work Children of Phobetor. Until quite recently, this was known as simply Romans Vs Aliens but that was never going to be its actual title. It's been slow moving because… Continue reading Introducing the Gladiators of My Current WIP