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How to know when an idea is ‘THE IDEA’

As writers and creatives, the problem is rarely ‘I have no ideas’. It’s usually quite the opposite and we get inundated with the damn things. So how do we know which one is ‘THE IDEA’, the one that has the legs, the depth and the…

3 Ways Short Stories Will Improve Your Novel

Short stories can help improve your writing and freshen things up when you’re bogged down in a novel. In my last post I talked about the need to ‘reset’ and ‘rewrite your attitude’ when things get tough during a longer project, and taking a break…

When Writing Gets You Down, REWRITE YOUR ATTITUDE

Today I’m talking about my recent struggle with self-doubt and what you should do when Writing gets you down. It’s been a while since we spoke, hasn’t it? Here we are sprinting toward the end of September and a quick check tells me that my…

How To Keep Writing Over Christmas

This weekly series of posts follows my writing journey as I prepare to independently release by debut novel, Safe Hands – a Crime story about an aging safe cracker called out of retirement for the sake of his dying wife and a son that hates…

Genre, Brand and Starting Out

This weekly series of posts follows my writing journey as I prepare to independently release by debut novel, Safe Hands – a Crime story about an aging safe cracker called out of retirement for the sake of his dying wife and a son that hates…

Novel Writing – Writing is Rewriting!

‘Writing is Rewriting’ As the saying goes, ‘Writing is rewriting’ and whilst that’s true of any writing, it’s especially true of Novels. It’s definitely a phrase that’s been rattling around my head this week as I’ve continued to rewrite the final scenes of my novel….

Safe Hands Release Date Announced

It’s a big day for me today, in the life of what will be my debut novel – Safe Hands. The time for hiding behind procrastination and self-doubt has come and gone. I’m committing to a release date! The Novel I’ve talked quite a bit…

Novel Writing – Research: How much & when to do it …

Weekly posts on Novel Writing with updates on the progress of my debut crime novel, Safe Hands, about an ageing safe cracker forced out of retirement for the sake of his dying wife and a son that hates his guts. This week I’m talking about…

Novel Writing – Fail to plan . . .

Last week I talked about the work I’ve begun on redrafting the beginning of my novel, ‘Safe Hands’ – focusing specifically on my opening chapter and prologue. This week, the ‘plan’ was to complete the structural work on the novel – by discarding the current…

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