My WIP is, at the moment, simply a W. I’ve hit the brick wall. You know, the brick wall, the one your head is stuck so deeply in, no matter how firmly you plant your feet and yank, there’s no getting free. However, it is with some consolation that I’m reading with wanton abandon, free […]Read More Nice is the spice of life
There are few battles worse than sci-fi v fantasy. Well, perhaps Batman versus Superman… The problem is that it’s prejudice that tells me I have to choose one or the other. Total bollocks of course, but I know that I like what I like, and I do have a preference, so one, at least […]Read More SCI-FI V FANTASY: U F*****G WHAT?!?
More difficult to advise on is what comes before the first draft. Ideas are all well and good, but they require tangibility of the kind that needs to come beforeRead More Draft 0
‘Writer’s block’ is the name given to a thing we don’t understand. It’s as if, without a name, we can’t diagnose it, and so, we don’t know how to treat it. ‘It’ and ‘thing’ are also unhelpful descriptions, assigned here because I really can’t be specific. But I’d argue that it is real. Better writers […]Read More Don’t Want To Write: Writer’s Block
How do you categorise your finished novel, work in progress or scrap of paper stuck on the inside of your notebook? In which hole should you pigeon it?Read More Don’t want to write: Fantasy or Science Fiction?
Where do ideas come from? Your teachers will tell you from unheard conversations, of which you only have snippets; odd stories from history or the present day, tales without resolution where the characters’ motivations are unclear; and downright hard work, sleeves rolled up and your sweat and tears soiling your notebook. These are all true, […]Read More Don’t want to write: Idea Generation
A lesson I’ve learned from compiling and sending out submissions—FYI, I haven’t done many, so don’t count this as experience—is that they mark the end of a chapter (LOL). With their sending, a page is turned—alright I’ll stop—in your career as a wannabe author. That novel is finished and can be put away to gather […]Read More Don’t want to write: Submissions