As I strolled through the park the other morning (I say morning, could have been tea-time, but who’s counting) I realised that the life of a writer is really quite similar to that of an old-age pensioner. Don’t switch off! This is a good thing!! Seeing as the public at large like to view the… Continue reading How Being A Writer Can Prepare You For Old Age!
We’ve all heard how JK Rowling famously wrote Harry Potter in a local cafe. In fact, the chair she sat on recently sold for €344,300. That’s some indication as to the importance we give a writer’s creative perch. Writers and readers alike are enchanted by the idea of where a book was conceived, convincing themselves… Continue reading Where Was Your Book Born?
Having reached the ‘Thank God the first draft is over’ stage of novel number three, (number four if you count my first unpublished manuscript) I feel I have come to understand a lot about the writing process and what works for me. Not content to sit here and keep all this useless valuable information to myself,… Continue reading Things I’ve Learned About Writing… 15 of them!
There are three types of writers in this world: Those that drag out the story for so long that you start to lose interest and begin thinking of all the other books you could be sleeping with reading. Those that race to the finish – so just when you start to get into it, it’s… Continue reading The Art Of Seduction
The lovely people at Writing.ie recently asked me to write an article for their ‘Better Fiction Guides’ and so I decided to do a piece on how to write ‘Time-Slip’. Historical Fiction is so popular right now, but now if you’re looking for that extra oomph, both as a writer and a reader, Time-Slip offers… Continue reading Time Keeps On Slipping…
So now that I find myself in the rather smug position of having finished the edits on my second novel (picture me in a smoking jacket with a cuban cigar!) I thought I’d share a few simple tips that I’ve learned along the way. Step away from the manuscript! The best thing you can do… Continue reading Editing Tips
So the other day when I was chatting with Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat … Oh did I not mention? Yes, Joanne and I go way, way back. To February 7th 2014 to be precise. Okay so we weren’t exactly alone and it wasn’t exactly in person… alright it was a live web chat with… Continue reading Thinking Outside Of The Box