Do reviews matter? Writers, we’re a strange bunch to please. Toiling away, day after day, wondering if the words we are hammering into our keyboards are ever going to be read. Cycling through the emotions from elation at a sparkling new idea or line of prose, to the crippling self doubt of wondering whether someone … More Do reviews matter?
My A-Z of 2018 (The Highlights) A – Amazon Review – This review of Troll Life is possibly the best I’ve ever received. B – Bros – After the screaming stops. Surprising TV hit of the year. C – Crossing The Tees – I don’t enter writing competitions often so surprised to find myself ‘Highly … More My A-Z of 2018 (The Highlights)
Ever wondered what the writer in your life wants from you? Here’s a handy guide. … More What writers want.
It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t follow my A-Z of 2017 (The Highlights) with my A-Z of 2017 (The Lowlights) A – Austerity Al. I’m still surviving but I need to start earning decent money soon or I’ll be eating gruel. B – Books. Surprisingly found very few that I’ve enjoyed this year. Certainly … More My A-Z of 2017 (The lowlights)
It’s been an exciting year and it’s hard to narrow it down to just 26 things but here is my A-Z of 2017 (The Highlights) A – Amble. Another great weekend away with the lads but possibly the weirdest place on earth. B – Blogging. My etiquette guides have become increasingly popular. Look forward to … More My A-Z of 2017 (The Highlights)
As cliched as it may be, 2016 has been an eventful year so it would be remiss of me not to outline my highlights. It would be easy to focus on the negatives in such a turbulent year but this A-Z shows off the many great things that happened. My A-Z highlights of 2016 A … More My A-Z of 2016 (The highlights)
I’ve not been blogging as much as I’d like due to commitments elsewhere but I’ve freed up a little time and thought I would let you know what is in the pipeline. Christmas A series of blogs around the festive season and how you should behave in the same manner as my pub etiquette guides, … More Coming soon …
Some years ago I wrote about the editing process for Leg It and how I expected to edit Idle Threats. Now that I have finished my third novel, Counterbalance, it is probably time to revisit the process and see if anything has changed. As always, this is how I chose to do it. It isn’t … More Did I make the cut? My guide to editing.
As an occasional treat I’m going to let you know what I’ve been watching recently and more importantly, what I’m not watching. When I first saw the trailer for Sicario it ticked all the boxes, Mexican drug cartels, FBI, the hint of a decent plot rather than merely an action movie and the presence of … More Secret agents, secret CIA plots and my secret love of cycling.
Once I’ve finished my first draft and my first self review and re-write, its time to let the book grow wings and fly. But not too far. … More How I write Part 4 (The peer review)