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Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo This Year

First up I want to say what a great idea NaNoWriMo is, it encourages people to write and we need more writers in the world than we do corrupt politicians and uncaring governments. But, I am not doing it this … Continue reading

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Fendrel needs you! Beta readers.

Fendrel’s Tale volumes 1 and 2 are now ready for their final round of beta reading before they go off to the copy editor. Please drop me a reply with your contact details if you want to be a beta … Continue reading

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The variability of writing patterns

I have always, up until now, been a long haul writer. I am able to sit and write for long periods at a time and produce great daily word counts, frequently over 5,000 and often over 10,000 words a day. … Continue reading

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The “final” edit

There comes a time when you have read through your precious manuscript so many times and dealt with all of those little things that all you are doing is tinkering and not making changes that are productive. I am at … Continue reading

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Scenes from a coffee shop part 5

Here I am again in the place where observation meets writing and even before I sit down with my tea and biscuit the rich tapestry of creativity weaves its magnificence in the busy Glasgow street before me. Heavily set jogging … Continue reading

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How social media can be a treasure trove for a writer’s creative ideas

There comes a time when a write has to commit to social media. It can be for a variety of reasons, mostly for exposure, connections, publicity and so on. On perhaps lesser known reason why a writer should be on … Continue reading

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Writers, when they like your work they like it regardless, and when they don’t…

… they think it tastes like the worst thing they’ve ever put in their mouth. Consider this for a moment. How many time have you read a book and not been able to finish it because it is so rotten? … Continue reading

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Submitting Manuscripts

I have often hear it said by writers that one of the biggest challenges they face is knowing what to send to an agent or publisher. I have some sympathy being one of those who are looking for representation and … Continue reading

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The pitfalls of common and weak words

Following on from my last 2 posts about editing of a manuscript, I am covering a topic that I have found that I am the chief culprit and offender in. It is common words at the start of sentences and … Continue reading

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The importance of editing using different techniques – Part 2

In the first part of this blog, I set out the ways in which I approached editing and proof reading of my manuscript and why it is important to use a variety of techniques to get the best book possible … Continue reading

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