It’s book launch time again. Time to sit back knowing that the toil of hours of drafts and editing is behind you and now you can relax back in your comfortable writing chair and watch the Amazon bestseller charts for a glimpse of that cover. No way. In fact, your work is far from over. […]
Read more "Launch Time Again!"
Okay, so you have finally finished that next novel and you have clicked the submit button to the publisher. What next? Put your feet up, go and finish decorating the house or do you crack on with your next manuscript. Those of us who are locked in the ‘series mindwarp’ have to do the latter. […]
Read more "Next Please!"
While working on my latest Alex Swan Mystery novel, I had suddenly hit that psychological brick wall that instantly suspends the brain, then the fingers which finally kicks in the inclination to down tools. On this occasion, it was such a simple scene aboard a submarine that I was trying to write. There have been […]
Read more "Is Writer’s Block just a dog’s life?"
One of the pleasures of writing is for a writer to use their imaginations to describe settings. When writing the scenes for my last Alex Swan Mystery: Countdown to Terror, I depicted a tension filled scene inside the blockhouse of the rocket testing site situated at the Needles on the Isle of Wight. Then, having […]
Read more "Scene it, before you have seen it – A Literary Epiphany"
There has always been a moment when writers sometimes take the show, don’t tell philosophy a bit too far. In this day and age, our readers, especially our younger readers seem to have great imaginations so when reading prose, only the merest prompt or hint to setting, action or viewpoint, will be enough for them […]
Read more "How much should we give our readers?"
Perhaps the main feature for my Alex Swan Mystery novels is to centre these fictional thrillers around actual events and coming up with plausible plots to fit in with these period settings can be quite an eye-opener. In fact, I would compare it to delving into your own family history to find those long forgotten […]
Read more "Historical Fact in Fiction"
With all the research and plot plan now in place on my Scrivener, I have managed to bash out 40,000 words for the next Alex Swan Mystery. What has really helped with this is having something visual to glance at while my fingers pound the keys on my notebook. Looking like something that would be […]
Read more "40,000 words – Thanks to a useful visual aid!"