Average time to write a book

Apr - 13 2018

A question commonly asked and the short answer is – however long it needs! But it also depends on who has the stop-watch, and if brewing and editing time is calculated.There is drafting time and there is editing time. It can take me anywhere from six months to two years to write a book. When I   [ Read More … ]

Hardest scene to write

Apr - 12 2018

Death scenes are the hardest for me to write and not because I don’t know what to write. It is because I am crying so hard that I have to stop and weep. I know, in Chapter One, who is going to die yet when it comes time to writing the scene I am an emotional wreck.   [ Read More … ]

Selecting character names

Apr - 10 2018

Names are important. There is a big difference between a Tommy and a Guido, an Elizabeth and a Susie and a name can set the tone. I generally write about ordinary people with everyday problems and I want my characters to have ordinary, functional names. I have never used old fashioned names like Titus Hunfrid and Jabez Sloughfinger but   [ Read More … ]

Reading book reviews

Apr - 09 2018

Reviews are designed for readers. They are important and are there for readers to connect and engage, an avenue to discuss what worked and what didn’t, and why other readers might enjoy a title or want to make a different choice. Reviews are not designed for writers. But, regardless, I most certainly read my book   [ Read More … ]

What is your spiritual animal

Apr - 06 2018

The moment I was asked that question, I thought I knew the answer. But then I wondered. The question is: how do you know when you have found your spiritual animal? Is it when you are driving your Jeep down a dusty back-road or when you stop for lunch before getting on the road again   [ Read More … ]

Writers write

Apr - 04 2018

There are good writers and bad writers – but all writers spend passionate hours arranging words on pieces of paper and computer screens. I am passionate about my writing and write about many subjects. It is better to be interested in and write about the world in which we live – though hard to be an expert on   [ Read More … ]

Language has immense power

Apr - 02 2018

Language is the tool we use to empower our desires and it’s impact depends on how it is wielded. Words are a powerful influence and describe things – ourselves and others. The way in which it is done affects how a person responds, thinks and acts. There is the “power of language” – to educate – or the “language of   [ Read More … ]

Series or stand-alones

Mar - 30 2018

Sometimes readers just need to get away from a series and welcome a good stand-alone novel. However, there is nothing more frustrating than getting to the end of what you thought was a really great standalone novel to realize that it is the END OF BOOK ONE. How disappointing! Stand-alones are a single book. Series follow the same story   [ Read More … ]

Writing with emotions

Mar - 29 2018

Emotional communication is a skill that some people are better at delivering than others. As an author it is your responsibility to completely convey the emotion suited to the story. Everyone knows what it feels like to experience anger, frustration, happiness, ecstasy, and fear. Now put it in writing. The famous axiom for fiction writers is: show, don’t   [ Read More … ]

Once asked – is your subject matter ‘original’

Mar - 27 2018

If real concerns, social issues and topical subjects are original then the answer is ‘Yes”. I have written about: – climate change, – abuse of women, – homelessness, – sex addiction, – murder plus so much more. These are topics that few of us really want to think about it but I write about them because I worry about   [ Read More … ]

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