Back again

So, I’ve been silent for nine months. Well, not quite silent, just quiet, but very busy. Here are a few things that have been happening: I started a Creative Writing PhD. What on? Hmm, still not sure, but it’s fun trying to work it out. While slowly and cautiously venturing into academia, I finished my novel. Again. […]

Words of wisdom

This week I’m returning to my novel. I’ve been away from it for almost three months. It was critiqued by my writers’ group, then came Christmas, then I got ill, then I wrote a proposal for a PhD. Now, we’re into January, the application has been submitted and I’m starting to crave my imagined world […]

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 […]

Second best

A writer friend Iain Broome asked me to feature on his Write for Your Life podcast about writing the challenging second novel. A new father to twin boys, he was also interested in how I’ve managed it with two young children. You can listen to it here: