A pantser’s guide to manuscript revision

If you’re a pantser like me, revising your manuscript might pose some interesting challenges. For instance, my current MS started as a kind of futuristic/Western/fantasy novel. After a while, the world and the story shifted into focus, and I found myself writing something very different to what I had started. I love having an organic … More A pantser’s guide to manuscript revision

Dear Writer, don’t give up your day job… embrace it!

Are you one of those many writers who dream of writing full-time? (Yes!) Do you sometimes resent the time at your paid work that takes you away from what feels like your real work, i.e. writing? (Yes! Often!) Do you nonetheless need to keep working because of, you know, the fact that writing doesn’t pay, … More Dear Writer, don’t give up your day job… embrace it!

The price of books

Last week I read an interesting article by Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords, on what he expects to be the big publishing trends in 2017. Smashwords is an online platform for distributing independently published e-books. As such, the article has a strong focus on the year’s forecast for the indie book market, and in … More The price of books

Angel

What I want to say tonight is this: Every writer needs an angel, crouching near them as they work, batting away disturbances and doubts, and whispering for now, this is enough as the words bleed onto the page. I imagine mine is a scrawny thing, pot-bellied, scruffily feathered, and no bigger than my tea-cup. But … More Angel

The Blog is Back

The thing about a break is it gives you a new perspective. I’ve been thinking about where I was when I started when paper met pen in August 2015, and how much I’ve learned since then about writing, about the process of pitching and dealing with publishers, and about the book community more broadly. Learning … More The Blog is Back

On first drafts

Have you ever had a night like this? You’re tired but your friends drag you out anyway so you accidentally skip dinner and drink instead and you end up getting terribly drunk and doing one million embarrassing things that you will never live down so you burn with shame when you think of them, and … More On first drafts

Finding your motivation for Nanowrimo and beyond

I was sitting in front of some uni students on the bus yesterday and listening to them talk. (I’m a writer! It’s called research!) They were having a conversation about grades, and one of them was saying how happy she was she’d finally broken through and gotten a High Distinction after a long string of … More Finding your motivation for Nanowrimo and beyond