Category: Tips

Writing Tips.

Embrace the madness. 0

Method and Madness

The life of a very methodical person can at times lack excitement. When I say methodical what I mean is that sort of person that follows a set of steps to reach any given...

Will this kind of view inspire me in a new land? 0

The End is Nigh

So I gave myself a deadline of Easter to finish my latest work. That’s seven weeks to do a rough draft of the final episode of my Celtic fairytale. Eight chapters remain. So if...

Caffeine is a motivating reward. 0

M&M: Part 2 – Motivation

It is said that ‘everyone has a book in them’. I don’t think this is quite true. If I was to take that statement further then perhaps the claim that ‘everyone has a quarter...

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M&M: Part 1 – Momentum

Me thinks you suddenly crave chocolate but I can tell you it is not the next topic of conversation. It’s just another poorly chosen acronym by yours truly. Over the next two posts I...

Use the 'Gods Eye View' to distance yourself from your characters. 0

How to Disappear

When writing a novel it is said that we put ourselves in some small or great way into the story. In one sense this is unavoidable. It is our story and when we take...

Regular travel 'shrinks' the planet and helps your writing...Win-Win! 0

Citizen of the World

I had literally stepped off the plane in Dublin in 2001 and I was inspired to write. After a visit to the National Library where a Ulysses exhibition was being held, I promptly sat...

How many ways can you say 'green'? 0

50 Shades of Green

I’m finally into a draft of my latest work. Let’s say I’m approaching the quarter mark of the story. It’s an interesting point in the book to be in. Arguably it’s a critical point...

The Stats Man 0

The Stats Man

The star of my latest work in progress is a bit of a ‘numbers freak’. I am not one by any means but I’m definitely one for the statistics. As I pored over last...

Target Acquired 5

Target Acquired

Writing is an art form like the painting of portraits and the composition of music and, in that sense, it cannot be rushed. However, nobody wants to be putting the finishing touches to a...

Something of Note… 2

Something of Note…

I’m well rested after two weeks under the Sardinian sun and I can finally get down to nailing a first draft and getting some submissions ready for little old New Zealand. While I was...