Writing tips

Creating a draft on CreateSpace

The moment has come, you’ve written the last word, dotted the line and your first draft is complete. What next? Well for me it’s a quick read through and then get a printed draft. There are lots of reasons to do this, a printed copy makes the book feel more real, it also looks more real to other people. Perhaps ...

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Plot and structure – a review and why it’s important

I wrote a book. Apparently it is quite good – now anyway. But I went about it without really knowing what to do, without any real understanding of what makes a book work. Imagine understanding how a car works in principle, but not knowing how the parts worked together. Well the same was true of writing. I could understand what ...

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Where do you keep your files?

A couple of weeks ago JK Rowling was talking about swapping out her old trusty Macbook for a new one. She’d only reluctantly abandoned the old one after she’d lost work due to disc corruption. Now I don’t have an international army of fans desperate to get an early peek at my next work, not yet anyway, but the idea ...

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Six of the best books on writing

Everybody needs help, regardless of what they say. Even with a degree and career in journalism, it wasn’t easy. My experience of trying to put together a complex and long narrative was improved by guides, adages, tips and books. While everyone and his dog seems to offer a guide to how to write a book, here is a list of ...

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Learn from my mistakes: Number 1 – Chapters

Once upon a time I started to write a book, actually I started to write a short story and once the preamble had got to about 50k words I realised I was writing a book. Whether it was because of this initial folly or because I’d started without a plan or just because of inexperience my book kept growing and ...

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