Getting From the Middle to the End of Your Story: The Main Characters’ Darkest Hours…

YUK. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the sagging middle, and how I was fighting my way through that in my latest, the sequel to ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’. By the way, this one has the interim title: ‘Villains and Vampires’. However, as my last began with the words, ‘The Villainous Viscount’ I … Continue reading Getting From the Middle to the End of Your Story: The Main Characters’ Darkest Hours…

New Year’s Writing Resolution: Minimal Planning

It being New Year, and a time of resolutions – even during a dismal and lengthy pandemic – I am making several, and one in particular about writing. For those who have read my post a few weeks ago about ‘Planning for Pansters’ this will seem a bit of a repetition, because it is all … Continue reading New Year’s Writing Resolution: Minimal Planning

On Jettisoning 40,000 words and Quotes from Famous Writers

  It was horrible, but there was nothing else for it. I have just had to jettison about 40,000 words of my latest. I had hoped to be in the last stages of publishing it next month; now with the re-writing, it is going to be delayed by six months at least. I wasn’t happy … Continue reading On Jettisoning 40,000 words and Quotes from Famous Writers

Review of Jordan Rosenfeld’s ‘How to Write a Page Turner’

I have just finished reading Jordan Rosenfeld’s ‘How to Write a Page Turner’. I thought the advice in it was invaluable. Not only that, but it is detailed; too many ‘how to’ books for writers are not sufficiently specific. You might be told to ‘infuse the pages with tension’ and to ‘keep raising the conflict’ … Continue reading Review of Jordan Rosenfeld’s ‘How to Write a Page Turner’

Planning the Structure of Your Novel and Writers’ New Year Resolutions

A Happy New Year to all the readers of this blog. I hope that this year you all get your heart's desire, whatever that may be, as it's unlikely to be: A. Taking Over the World B. Banning tea drinking or C. Making the wearing of black socks, white trainers and check trousers obligatory. This … Continue reading Planning the Structure of Your Novel and Writers’ New Year Resolutions