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Making Time for Writing

Making Time for Writing

My life is full. I like it like that, mostly. So how do I find time to write? The fact is that the busier I am, the more I am inspired. These days the job that pays the bills is a job-share. I’m “half-time” GP / family doctor in Cambridge. I try hard to squeeze […]

May 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
To Be or Not to Be Agented, That is the Question

To Be or Not to Be Agented, That is the Question

I never asked this question. Instead I asked how quickly I could get myself an agent. Unagented authors aren’t taken seriously, I reasoned. You can’t approach big houses without one and I wanted readers and a big contract. Getting an agent was the only way to achieve this goal. So I sent out queries, alphabetically, […]

May 17, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More
How to Tackle the Writing Wall

How to Tackle the Writing Wall

My first encounter with the running menace known as “the wall” happened at 1:00am on a humid July night in Wakefield, Massachusetts. My sneakers were slapping sandy pavement littered with discarded paper cups. The taste of the twilight summer gnats thronging Lake Quannapowitt was still fresh between my teeth. In the sixth hour of the […]

May 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
How to Plan a Box-set

How to Plan a Box-set

Late last year, I collaborated with six other members of the Alliance of Independent Authors to create a limited edition box set of novels. While collaborative efforts like this have been fairly common among genre fiction authors, we were not aware of another multi-author collection of contemporary novels. Why? The idea was simple. We wanted […]

May 8, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Planning the End or Ending the Plan?

Planning the End or Ending the Plan?

Incredible what a tweet can do. On 18 April Barbara Bos of this esteemed site posted a quotation from Rose Tremain, “In the planning stage of a book, don’t plan the ending. It has to be earned by all that will go before it.” I raised the query whether this was clever, or just poor […]

May 5, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Mindfulness and Writing

Mindfulness and Writing

You are probably familiar with an image that has forged its way through social media. It outlines the creative process as follows: This is awesome This is tricky This is shit I am shit This might be ok This is awesome I am going to walk you through each stage of the process with useful […]

April 30, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More
Seven Fiction Writing Rules

Seven Fiction Writing Rules

Overwhelmed by fiction-writing advice? Me too, and I’m an editor as well as a writer. Everyone and anyone who has a blog or website seems to be keen on throwing in their penny’s worth. A lot of it is genuinely good advice. But what works for them won’t necessarily be right for you. Want proof? […]

April 27, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
Should Everyone Publish a Book?

Should Everyone Publish a Book?

I was chatting with an acquaintance recently when we got onto what I’d been up to lately. “Just finished my second novel,” I chirped, certain he’d be mightily impressed. Instead, I got a judgmental pause followed by: “You and everyone else on the planet!” Umbrage was taken, but the comment did strike me… as sort […]

April 18, 2015 | By | 11 Replies More
Q&A with Trisha Ashley

Q&A with Trisha Ashley

1) What are your top five writing tips? a) Writer’s block (and see question 3): if you come to a stop in your novel and can’t see a way forward, then employ lateral thinking and walk around that big rock, or tunnel underneath it, or do a sharp right turn and go somewhere else. But […]

April 13, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
The 10 Commandments of Southern Writers

The 10 Commandments of Southern Writers

Southern writer F. Diane Pickett is the author of the National Indie Excellence Award-winning book “Never Isn’t Long Enough.” She shares her 10 commandments of Southern Writers with us. (l) You must have been “raised right” so deep in the South that you can get to Atlanta without a road map and know that Buckhead […]

April 1, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More