In 2021 I made the decision to step away from my paid job for a while to concentrate on my writing. Having got myself an incredible agent I wanted to be able to focus on getting my first novel published and get novel number two written. … More Getting Out There in 2022
I’ve been writing my novel for seven years. I’ve lost count of the number of drafts. … More Almost finished? The Insecurity of writing.
At the merest hint of winter I dig out the casserole dish and throw on the polo neck jumpers. I love cold weather – the perfect excuse to make heart-warming stews and a spicy Chilli. I can’t wait to get the fire going, make a hot chocolate, get my books out and hunker down to wait … More Coming out of Hibernation
Writing a novel is like being devoured by some enveloping disease. It requires you to forget that you have family, a job and a life. It would like you to starve, live in squalor and forget to pick the kids up from school. I’ve had a few months away from the novel, waiting for an … More The All Consuming Task of Writing A Novel
I’ve already talked here about how cemeteries and graveyards start my imagination running, but if I’m really looking for inspiration it’s the big, old, crumbling, Victorian mansion that makes me want to write. And, lucky for me, we’re knee deep in them here in the UK. But the sad truth is that over the last … More Ideas abound in the English Country House
I have an insatiable curiosity for cemeteries. Maybe it’s because my grandmother used to live next to a church with a large graveyard, but more likely it’s the stories behind the words, a fascination with other people’s lives, especially when they don’t appear to have gone to plan, don’t seem ordinary. You could accuse me … More Highgate Cemetery -The Story Behind the Headstone
In an interview with the Guardian last year, Jim Crace was “a little surprised that passing the “apparently unpromising location” of the Watford Gap service station should have provided the impetus for a novel set during the enclosure of the English countryside”. He is the master of the understatement; it is difficult to see how … More Harvest by Jim Crace – A Review
There are many articles, websites and books on creative writing out there. And nearly all of them will get you to examine your writing habits and find the one that suits you and your lifestyle best. Firstly there’s the discussion about the best time of day to write. Are you the ‘get up very early’ … More The Schizophrenic Writer