The process of editing a novel (a.k.a the hardest yet most rewarding thing you can do as a writer)

The draft novel is finished. What now? Almost two years ago, I wrote a post explaining how I took zero words and managed to produce the first draft of a novel. I spent my entire life aspiring to do this almost impossible thing. Life is busy, hectic, full of responsibilities and serious stuff going on--but …

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Month Two – report

Yes, I'm doing a brave thing and going back to my resolutions to report on progress. I had a list of 'do more' and 'do less'. One month in, I've rated progress using the amazing five tick/check system.   More: READ MORE BOOKS; I’M AIMING FOR ABOUT 30 THIS YEAR. √√√√√ Seven books finished in …

Day One

New Year Resolutions - love or loath them, they're a good chance to try and aspire to something different. It's easy enough. A list of things I want to do more of and a list I want to do less of. More: Books. While I'm delighted I completed the only book I wanted to read …

Grab some darkness before the adverts for holidays, weight-loss and new jobs…

In the first of two updates in the same day: In times of endless Turkey, Cranberry and Stuffing sandwiches. In the days filled with rubbish TV ads (and there are not many good ones this year). With every organisation telling you to buy stuff you don't need because you love your wife/children/yourself/friends/pets/normally anti-social neighbours more …

Blade Runner 2049

There is a massive Easter egg right at the start of Blade Runner 2049. Almost all reviewers and casual watchers have missed it so far. I only noticed it as I happened to watch a 'making of' Blade Runner last week (filmed for the Final Cut version of the DVD). It told the highly turbulent …