Writers dreaming

A few nights ago I had a dream about a staff, a stile and a horrid dark dank dungeon. There was a woman in the dungeon and I knew she was going to torture me. When she poured liquid on my face, I accepted my fate: that I was doomed. The only way out of…

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…

All that glitters

During the past two weeks I’ve been sleeping in a tent in a field on the south coast of Cornwall, in the place where my third novel is set. I’ve been holidaying with friends and family, and writing, and all the time making mental notes of the subtle changes in weather, the habits of local birds;…

Six things

These are some of the things I learnt at my writer’s group meeting last night Novels should be about: Character Transformation. So, develop your character, send him on a journey, and make him change. Writing your story from two different first-person narrators is very difficult to pull off, particularly if it’s your first novel. This…

My writing process

I’ve been asked by the lovely Zoe Gilbert, friend and fellow member of North London Writers, to take part in the Writing Process Blog Tour, which gives us writers the chance to discuss our working process. If you’d like to see how Zoe answered the questions below, check out her blog, http://mindandlanguage.blogspot.co.uk. Zoe, by the way, writes…