Archive for November, 2012

the next big thing

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

The fantastically talented Priya Sharma tagged me in this blog-chain, and I now have to subject you to my thoughts about my own brilliance or otherwise in the form of a handy Q & A.
What is the working title of your next book/short story/project?
The Midnight Orchestra.

Where did the idea come from [...]

present imperfect

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

LOTS of people wrote and called to tell me how wrong I am about the present tense. Here’s my response to your responses:
1. I do not wish to eliminate the present tense.
2. Stories and novels written in the present tense can be stunningly beautiful and original.
3. It takes a lot of skill [...]

present complicated

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Let’s skim over the fact that I haven’t posted anything here for yonks, and talk about present tense instead. I am so over my love affair with the present simple. I really wish everyone else would get over theirs, too.
I know why people like writing in present simple so much – it’s because it [...]

dream diary entries

Friday, November 9th, 2012

I found a couple of old dream diaries the other day. They are chock full of weird dreams. The three I picked out below are not the weirdest, but they’re pretty odd. I present them entirely unedited, because how could I improve on these gems?
Saturday 5th May 2007 – Dreamt I was Steve McQueen. [...]

no good

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

I am sometimes scared of writing. I am scared of what might happen if I just wrote what I wanted to write without even considering whether it is good. Because I always think so much about whether it’s good. I think about it so much that sometimes I can’t write anything at all. Or I [...]