Archive for January, 2012

the time it takes

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

There’s this moment in the writing of a story, when you’ve written and rewritten, revised, edited, taken out all the extra words, and given your characters a few more things to do other than nodding their heads, shaking their heads, smiling and shrugging; there’s this moment where you think you have finished. Yay, you wrote [...]

death and taxes and death

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

I really want to moan about doing my tax return: how hard it was; how utterly clueless I am; how I berate myself for not keeping neat and tidy records; and generally BOO HOO HOW I HATE MY LIFE YOU INLAND REVENUE OINKS. But I suppose complaining about doing your tax return is the same [...]

words words words

Monday, January 16th, 2012

I’m a few thousand words into the second draft of my novel. It’s amazing to me that it has taken approximately 100,000 words to get to the point where I am ready to start actually writing the story. I’ve realised that the first draft was more or less just a very detailed outline. From that, [...]

damn the dark, damn the light

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Writers love to talk about writing. More than that, they love to talk about writing with other writers. Most of all, they love to give other writers advice about writing. I have some opinions about that.
First, writers who take other writers seriously are fools. All writers are full of shit, especially when it comes [...]

they’d have to open a window, to let out all that light

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Interesting times, my friends. Interesting times. The first few days of 2012 have been full on, to say the least. (And can we please call it twenty-twelve, rather than two thousand and twelve? This is the future, after all.)  I am here, as promised, fulfilling my blogging duties. This week I have four and a [...]

i can smile about it now but at the time it was terrible

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Yeah, bye 2011. Apart from the last couple of months, you were rubbish.
I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions, because the truth is that I’m constantly resolving to do better and change things in my life. But this new year has fallen at an auspicious time for me, a time when I am already [...]