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?
I am often asked about how I self-publish. In this blog I give some advice on how to self-publish and what goes into a self-publishing checklist. … More How to self publish. (Creating a publishing checklist.)
Call centre inspiration for author’s new novel. An author has used Sunderland call centres as the inspiration behind his fourth novel. Alan Parkinson launched Troll Life at Sunderland Museum as part of the Sunderland Libraries Literature Festival in October. Set in Southwick and Doxford Park, it tells the story of an online troll who is … More Call centre inspiration for author’s new novel.
Should you edit already published work? As a writer, or even an artist, a filmmaker or any other creative type, there is a temptation to look at your previous work and wish you could have done it slightly differently. The general rule is that you should keep moving forward and not dwell on the past. … More Should you edit already published work?
In my previous blogs I have tried to outline how long it is taking me to write my latest novel. I’d got up to the second read through of the first draft and that had taken me 140 hours. Synopsis and character profiles – 10 hours Plot outline – 30 hours Write first draft – … More Time to write. (How long does it take to write a novel Pt.3)
I’ve recently done a guest blog for the Sunderland City of Culture bid 2021. Feel free to have a read on the below link. The time is right.
I knew this couldn’t be my fault. I had seen Wildlife on One. What was I going to tell Mrs Morris? Elvis hobbled back from the kitchen carrying two glasses of orange and holding his crutch under his left armpit. He handed one of the glasses to me. “Thanks, four eyes.” “What?” “I said thanks, … More Leg It (Part eighteen)
“Haven’t you noticed how much money he’s spending? How do you think he could afford that jacket? Four hundred quid, he has to be taking the piss,” Tomma lent across Kev’s desk. “Look at the amount of Charlie he’s getting through as well. Something has got to be done and quickly.” “You’re right Tomma but … More Leg It (Part Sixteen)
Elvis reluctantly agreed to the fight and wrote everybody’s name on a piece of paper. As it had been my idea, I got to draw first. “Who’ve you got?” asked Bumper, who was shadow boxing against the wall. I unfolded the small square of paper and read the name to myself. A look of relief … More Leg It (Part Eight)
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 …