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Quick Guide to Self-Publishing

Quick Guide to Self-Publishing

The stigma around self-publishing is still strong. ‘If it’s a good enough manuscript it will find a publisher,’ is an oft repeated phrase (particularly by those who have found a publisher). After thirty years of writing, honing my crafting and, yes, on occasion being traditionally published, I no longer believe this to be true. Yet […]

January 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
What to do when the fire of your first draft has gone out

What to do when the fire of your first draft has gone out

“Writing is finally about one thing: going into a room alone and doing it. Putting words on paper that have never been there in quite that way before. And although you are physically by yourself, the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless inadequacy, the […]

January 23, 2015 | By | 13 Replies More
How to Break Up with your Novel

How to Break Up with your Novel

To begin with, let me clarify: I don’t mean abandon your novel; I mean separate yourself from it. This has to happen eventually. For better or worse the novel you’ve written will come to term, and it will have to live (or not live) on its own, away from you. There may be any number […]

January 20, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More
Writing Through Difficult Times

Writing Through Difficult Times

A seed of salvation exists inside each of us. I had to find mine early. My father’s undiagnosed, untreated schizophrenia and violent outbursts were often directed towards me. He lived in a black and white world, and saw me as the enemy, so he did everything he could to destroy my self-esteem and keep me […]

January 16, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More
The Unnoticed Writer

The Unnoticed Writer

Over the last couple of days there’s been fair amount of buzz around the fiction writer Edith Pearlman. Her “break-out” story collection, Honeydew, is forthcoming from Little, Brown & Company. Pearlman is 78, and has published a number of story collections with small presses. In 2011, her collection Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories earned […]

January 11, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
Finding the Hero

Finding the Hero

Which was your favourite fairytale? I was asked this question by a Transactional Analyst when I was a training to be a relationship counsellor. His message was that these tales – made familiar to us as children – help to make us into the people we are. I’ve since realised that they also shape the […]

January 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
We Can Not Be Defeated

We Can Not Be Defeated

There are writers who are joyful when they write. I have moments like that, sure, but in general I am terrified. I am more plotter than pantser, but there are things, usually the most integral, that are beyond preparation. I believe that you have to prove yourself, you have to earn it, before the story […]

January 5, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More
Diving Into the Silence: Writing Inspired by Real Life

Diving Into the Silence: Writing Inspired by Real Life

My novel, The Herbalist, is set within living memory (1939) – and is based on a real-life court case I came across when I was nineteen. I was archiving yellowed local broadsheets crammed with small print when I noticed a tiny article. It referred to an Indian Herbalist who was arrested for an ‘offence against a […]

January 2, 2015 | By | 8 Replies More
Secrets of Screenwriting

Secrets of Screenwriting

My writing partner says I exist in a world of a sky of rainbows. I’m known for having a great attitude. I’m also a person who was abused for the majority of my life (and later treated for PTSD). I’m perfect for Hollywood. I believe the combination of a huge ego, a little delusional and […]

December 28, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
The Third Stage of Writing: The Promotional Stuff

The Third Stage of Writing: The Promotional Stuff

Sometimes as writers we need to push ourselves to do things we don’t necessarily feel comfortable with. I’m not talking about the content or the writing process here, but the stuff that comes after publication. The promotional side of things. Like a lot of writers, I am fairly introverted and a fairly private person. So […]

December 24, 2014 | By | Reply More