Category Archives: Novels

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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Some Writing Competitions…

I went to see ‘Gone Girl’ at the cinema today. Anyone else seen it or read the book, by Gillian Flynn? Both the novel and the film are great for the first half (or so) and then, in my humble … Continue reading

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