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Writing A Character Series.

Check out this excellent Guardian newspaper article interviewing a host of essential authors writing in the detective genre. Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, Val McDermaid, Ann Cleeves, and others talk about how they came to write their series and the impact of doing so.

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Day 463 – Sunday Reflection.

I’ve been busy revamping my study. Basically, I’ve got rid of more stuff I had forgotten I even had, or had kept because it might be useful at some point. I decided that some point had been reached and that the stuff wasn’t useful after all. A family desk taken by my eldest son, freed […]

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Day 455 – The Saturday Answer.

So the Friday Question was . . . . . . Why didn’t you achieve what you planned to during this last week? And my Saturday Answer is . . . . . . Stuff and illness. The latter is pretty straight forward. I netted myself some rogue bug which seems to have effected absolutely […]

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Day 412 – Investment.

What’s your investment in your creative endeavour? The Number One Bestselling Thriller writer Lee Child had been fired from his TV job so sat down to write a novel which sold. The alternative was his wife’s suggestion that he could be a ‘reacher’ in a supermarket. He was pretty invested in getting that book finished […]

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Day 399 – Writing Like . . .

One of the best ways for a writer not to write is to do research. The best kind of research for a writer not to write is to research how other writers write. Or don’t write. Being able to counteract your wife’s accusatory statement of ‘I thought you said you were writing?’ As the reason […]

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What I Gained From NaNoWriMo.

Back in October 2017 I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – which is a challenge to write a 50,000 word (plus) novel during the month of November. Spoiler alert – I achieved the 50,000 words by November 26th and ended up on 53,740 words by the 30th. However, the […]

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Ballard, Bosch, Reacher.

News on my three favourite characters in fiction came out yesterday. Michael Connelly revealed that his next book will see his new heroine RenĂ©e Ballard team up with his most famous hero Harry Bosch. I guarantee fans of Connelly are trying to find ways to shorten the months so October gets here quicker. News broke […]

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The Finished Artwork.

Artists do art and the final work is what the viewers see and judge. Well that is how it used to work. More and more recently there is a trend of the viewer or the reader or listener becoming more and more interested in the process of the artwork. The internet and social media clearly […]

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Five Friends Continued.

In my last post, Five Friends, I put a spin on the old saying that you are a reflection of your five closest friends. I asked you to consider who your five closest writers were. I thought it only fair to invite you into the circle of my five closest authors. Ray Bradbury – My […]

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Where You Live.

In, British designer and tv presenter, Kevin McLoud’s 43 Principles of Home, he makes the following observations in Principle 16, Make the context of where you live part of your narrative . . . Research local history . . . Memorise your landmarks . . . Study the flora, fauna, and geology of your place […]