Category Archives: Novels

Artist’s Date #2 – Cheltenham Literature Festival

Tonight I went to see American novelist Anita Shreve at the Cheltenham Literature Festival and that definitely qualified as an ‘artist’s date’ because: 1. I went on my own 2. It was something that I was excited about and that … Continue reading

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My Writing A-Z … G is for ‘GRIT-LIT’

G is for ‘GRIT-LIT’ What do I mean by ‘grit-lit’? It may not be a genre you’re familiar with but, in my definition at least, it’s writing (both fiction and non-fiction) that focuses on unrelenting misery. It’s confessional-style, ‘gritty’, dealing … Continue reading

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Thinking About Non-Fiction Writing

Most writers – including me – want to write, well.. stories. We live half our lives in an imaginary world, populated by made-up people and places, dreaming of the day when our name’s on the cover of a novel. Right? … Continue reading

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Elevator Pitches And Other Stuff..

I promised to tell you more about one of the writing workshops I attended at ChipLitFest last weekend, so here goes… I went to a workshop on ‘Creating Tension’, run by Lucy Atkins and Emily Barr, who’ve both written scary … Continue reading

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Time For A Sex Change

Ha, yes, it’s a cheap trick but now that I’ve got your attention.. On Friday night I had a most enjoyable time, listening to writer S J Watson ‘in conversation’ as part of Warwick Words Xtra events. ‘SJ’, as you … Continue reading

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4 (Random!) Things I’ve Learned This Week

1. If I want to write a (half decent) novel then I need a PREMISE. Does everyone else have a premise? It’s your core statement, a description of the novel in one sentence, it’s what you’re trying to ‘prove’ or … Continue reading

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What I Nearly Did..

At the weekend, I nearly saw Michael Buble. I was in Birmingham to see the stage production of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ (very good and recommended – and it’s on tour from London). Before the play, we indulged in a … Continue reading

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