On Writing by Stephen King isn't really a book of advice for writers, it's about one man's journey to becoming a writer. The advice is there, between the anecdotes and the difficulties he's encountered along the way. If there is one thing he believes is the best way to write a book, it's to get … Continue reading Ignoring Advice from Stephen King
Observations on Indie authorship
The Time Has Come…
The time has come,' the Walrus said, To talk of many things:Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax — Of cabbages — and kings —And why the sea is boiling hot — And whether it isn't time to start writing again and having a jolly good look at updating, rewriting and re-editing Blackfeather and Immortal and whether … Continue reading The Time Has Come…
This Is How I Disappear
power-of-words-by-antonio-litterio-creative-commons-attribution-share-alike-3-0.jpg In my 'office' there is a set of three drawers containing various bits and bobs, in the bottom drawer of which you will find folders of loose sheets of paper and handwritten notebooks with story ideas, chapters from novels, some typed up later, some not. Then there are the electronic files of first drafts, … Continue reading This Is How I Disappear
Trust The Universe
Creative Commons (Attribution 3.0 Unported) The natural and preferred habitat of a writer is solitude, ideally a country cottage in the middle of nowhere or deep in a dark wood off the beaten track surrounded by a magic mist that keeps the world at bay. My family always joke that if I became a famous … Continue reading Trust The Universe
Why Are All The Angels Naked?
I've spent the last four hours trawling through book cover design websites that offer both pre-made and custom book cover designs and have noticed a few things. 1. That prices for book covers have soared in the last two years. 2. That covers are often quite similar. This is most evident in the romance category … Continue reading Why Are All The Angels Naked?
Why Writer’s Block is a Myth
source Everybody's heard of "writer's block" even if you're not a writer yourself. Writers have used it for years to explain why their last book took x amount of years to write instead of several months and it's the usual reason behind every late manuscript, article, blog post etc, etc. But some writers will also … Continue reading Why Writer’s Block is a Myth
6 Reasons Why Every Author Should Consider Self Publishing
When I first began writing seriously, I did a lot of reading up on the subject of Indie Publishing versus Traditional Publishing and for a while I was in two minds. I weighed up the pros and cons of each before making a decision on what was best for me and decided I really wanted … Continue reading 6 Reasons Why Every Author Should Consider Self Publishing