Tweak, Meet, Greet (Miaow)

I’ve not posted much on my blog recently. Had my head immersed in my novel: finishing a draft, having family read it, getting feedback, finishing it again, and then a few weeks later, again and then again… I’ve now finished it again and am about to send it to my writers’ group to read (again), my supervisor on…

Why being a writer is bad for your health

1. Sit arse on chair and don’t get up. 2. Frown lots. 3. Drink too much coffee and eat too much cheese. 4. Go back to the kitchen and make another piece of toast. 5. Editing is more interesting with a glass of wine. 6. It takes years to finish a bloody book – I…

And so

I’ve written a story about a man who likes to talk to a woman on the telephone. He knows that she’s in love with him, and he’s determined that he isn’t in love with her; only he likes to have her there. He makes contact with her, and he always picks up when she calls….

Changing perspective

Last night my writers’ group critiqued my current novel, or, more precisely, the 50,000 words that I’ve written. It was a good experience. They’re a tough bunch of critics, and I’d prepared myself to be dragged around the carpet and kicked into the corners. I’d submitted an unfinished manuscript, a first draft for F** Sakes. What…

All in the edit?

This week I’ve been thinking about editing. Mainly because I’ve written half a novel in three months, steaming ahead to get the words onto the page, rather than being overly concerned with reworking. I remember my MA tutor and mentor, Jane Rogers, telling me that every novel is different, and I suspect it is, but…