What Counts as a Novel?

Photo by Emily on Pexels.com I have finished the third draft of Dandelion Time with almost all of the book marked as Final Draft, but I am short of the word count I would like the book to be. As it stands, it is only 64,858 words and I'd like it to be at least … Continue reading What Counts as a Novel?


NaNoWriMo 2021 Week 1 in Review

So I made it through the first week of NaNoWriMo having written 19545 words, and am feeling pretty good about my progress so far. I’ve surprised myself by writing every day for 2-3 hours every morning and even more surprising is that I have resisted the urge to read over my work and edit as … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2021 Week 1 in Review

Ignoring Advice from Stephen King

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

Gothic Beginnings

I was a solitary child, playing alone in the shadowed confines of the garden, gathering sycamore seeds and autumn leaves and chattering to Henrietta, the girl who wasn’t there. As an adult, I discovered there had been a real girl called Henrietta who had lived and worked as a domestic servant in the vicarage that … Continue reading Gothic Beginnings

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…