Draft, revise and draft again: five lessons on the way to a final edit of my first novel
Jun 17, 2021 / Read More
Writing in the clusterfuck year
I would have focussed on writing in 2020, no matter what; the pandemic made it impossible to do almost anything else.
Jan 01, 2021 / Read More
Blood River: meet the cast of my novel, in miniature
What feels like the millionth draft of Blood River has been delivered to a handful of agents, which felt like a good time to recreate the...
Oct 23, 2020 / Read More
A Canticle for Leibowitz, 2020 redux
61 years ago, A Canticle for Leibowitz imagined that humanity would slowly progress to the stars, each step punctuated by a dark age brou...
Sep 18, 2020 / Read More
Creative writing: should I do an MA or a short course?
Creative writing short courses have become big business in the UK, while many universities offer a creative writing MA. I’m currently fin...
Aug 21, 2020 / Read More
Tales of structure and plotting: St Mary’s Twickenham Creative Writing MA reading list, 2nd…
The second semester workshops for Creative Writing: The First Novel took into matters of structure and plotting.
Aug 14, 2020 / Read More
Novels with character and voice: St Mary’s Twickenham Creative Writing MA reading list, first…
I’m currently approaching the end of an enjoyable year studying for an MA at St Mary’s University, Twickenham — Creative Writing: The Fir...
Aug 07, 2020 / Read More
5 planning tools for novel writing: Scrivener, Scapple, Xmind, Aeon Timeline and Trello
One of the most daunting tasks I’ve faced starting out as a novelist is organising my ideas into a plan that will help me to turn them in...
Jan 15, 2020 / Read More
2019 in five: Colombia, Blood River, Doctor Dave, Valley of the Monkeys and an MA
A few weeks ago, I couldn’t understand how I’d spent two years living with Sharon but we hadn’t spent a Christmas together in Northwood. ...
Jan 03, 2020 / Read More
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