TV, or no TV: That is the Question

Whether ’tis nobler in the the mind to suffer the post-watershed tr… Okay, let’s not go there. I have a dilemma. A pretty embarrassing one at that. I’ve never been a great one for TV and haven’t had one in the house for years. On account of this I’ve had numerous altercations with the TV Licence people. The last one ended with a letter stating they will not harass us again for two years. It arrived three days before we […]

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An Exciting New Challenge

I haven’t blogged for ages because I’m busy with so many projects that I’m considering chucking it all in and moving into a cave in the middle of nowhere. Nowhere would have to have a decent climate, of course. Not to mention a plentiful supply of fresh water and a banana tree or two. Oh, and vodka coffee and chocolate, a place to practice karate and… Okay, forget the middle of nowhere. What’s the challenge? English dialogue and the British […]

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A Thousand Words Before Bed…

…It didn’t happen. Actually, not a lot happened. By the time I finished yesterday’s blog entry it was pretty much bed time anyway. Today has been one of those days. I seem to have been on the go all day but I don’t have that much to show for it. I have been writing but my fiction has taken a back seat. Well, writing it has anyway. A while ago I was moaning that these characters don’t ‘speak to me’ […]

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The Countdown to November

Wow, something amazing happened to me last night. I was getting ready for bed and thinking of nothing in particular, when an idea popped into my head for my story for NaNoWriMo. I grabbed a pencil and my notebook and the entire outline for the plot just flooded onto the page. I have the whole novel mapped out and ready to write. This is the first time that’s ever happened to me. I’ve never written a plot outline before so […]

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Pseudonyms – To Use or Not to Use

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and I’m wondering – should I have used a pseudonym for my martial arts novels? If I’m honest, it’s a bit late to worry about it now as the final proof of the cover, sporting my real name, is winging it’s way to me for my approval. However, there is still a niggle. Due to the nature of the book my main audience will probably be teenage boys. Will they relate to […]

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Writer vs Editor

I know I’m not supposed to do this but I went through Yantsu today and threw quite a bit into the scrap file. I also tweaked and tidied a paragraph here and there. This is why I like NaNoWriMo so much. Having the 50 000 word deadline by the end of the month forces me to get that first draft done before I start messing around and editing. I don’t know why I can’t just leave it alone. It’s like […]

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Runaway Mind vs Reluctant Fingers

I had such a good writing day on Yantsu yesterday that I really should have been suspicious. Well, today about 2000 words hit the scrap file. Not that it’s necessarily a permanent home for those words, they just don’t fit where I had them. The frustrating thing is that something big is brewing and I really want to write it, but I’m not there yet. This is probably very weird and ‘unwriterly’ of me, but I don’t like to skip […]

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Stereotype or Specialist?

With Sanchin all done and dusted and awaiting publication it’s time to focus on writing again. I started writing the second novel at the same time as I started editingĀ  Sanchin and, with hindsight, this was a mistake. Switching between editing and writing was more difficult than I had anticipated. Broken Bonds was the novel I began. Now, I don’t know if it was because I was writing one and editing another, or if I was writing outside my genre […]

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YouWriteOn.Com

Well, I had a bit more time to get my head round the YouWriteOn.com website but I’m not sure it’s going to be the place for me. Here’s my problem. I feel that I’m hopelessly inexperienced as a writer and therefore, I don’t really feel I’m qualified to critique other writers’ work. I love reading the books and I’m happy to say what I like and dislike about the story or characters, and why. But when it comes to the […]

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It’s the Genre Thing!

It seems like I hit the nail on the head yesterday. Broken Bonds is not flowing because I’m writing out of my genre. I struggled again this morning to sit down and write. Then, as an experiment I started on a new story, just to see where it would go. Well, it went, and how! I’ve written more words of the new story today than I have of Broken Bonds in the last week and a half. It flowed so […]

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