In the past I have never had a problem with deciding on a title for the book that I am writing. I usually have a working title first. I do not know why but it seems to help me with my vision of the book. The Sorrow Song Trilogy books were very easy, as was … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Eleven
One of the most interesting things about writing is when a story appears to take control of itself and starts making decisions for you, the writer. When I started Mephistopheles, still only a working title but I have got an idea that I like for a better one, I had only one protagonist in mind, … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Eight
I am just approaching the 20,000 word mark. Some writers insist that the word count is unimportant but I do not agree. I like having both a target and a measure as to how I am progressing. 70,000 is the approximate minimum figure for a novel these days. I usually exceed this by several thousand. … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Five
I have been busy! My status as a key worker has been revoked due to health concerns. Basically, I have been identified as vulnerable and my employer has decided that I should remain at home. This disappoints me as I felt that my work was worthwhile and I have already been exposed to the Coronavirus, … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Four
Back in November 2019 I wrote a piece on now racism in Historical Dramas appears to be in the process of being erased from both cinema and television screens <link>. I recently got into an argument about this very subject again. I made a comment about Armando Iannucci’s latest version of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. … Continue reading Why Race in a Historical Context is Important
Recuperation seems to be as time intensive as undergoing medical procedures. I get the feeling that once the frame was removed from my leg there many things that I just wanted to get back on with. Normality was the motivation. I wanted to get back to normal and do normal things. Like washing the pots … Continue reading A New Guy on the Block
I have always enjoyed writing stories. When I was younger I did it to entertain myself. Later, as I became more confident, I shared my work with close friends. I have always had a good imagination but I must admit that many of my ideas then were heavily influenced by the books I read as … Continue reading The Mechanics of Writing
I had a reader ask me why there seemed to be a disabled person in every one of my books to date? My answer was, if not me who else was going to do it? One of the tenets of writing is to write about what you know and having been born disabled I know … Continue reading That Disability Thing!
I have been busy writing a fantasy novel, which has gone very well. Indeed, it has gone much better than I had expected it to. I seem to have a story that has evolved quite naturally and that has given me a lot to write about. It is peopled by a large number of characters … Continue reading What Kind of Novel should it be?
In a novel the ‘point of view’ (POV) is considered one of the most crucial elements of telling a story. I had a customer complain about the fact that in ‘The War Wolf’ I used what seemed to them to be many or multiple points of view. To date they are the only person to … Continue reading POV – Literally a Point of View