Monthly Archives: April 2013

I Met Someone Else Today who Might (one day) Write a Novel.

The conversation went something like this: Person: Oh, so you’re a writer. Rob: Yeah, I’m currently trying to get my novel published actually.  It’s very hard; I mean, I spent hours writing the thing, and now I’m filled with half … Continue reading

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Making the Novel Yours. What You See When You Read.

Why, when there are endless forms of entertainment available to us, do so many of us still find reading such a joy? There are countless films to watch, available almost anywhere, on any device, with their impressive special effects and … Continue reading

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Digging out the story: The Novel is Unfolding.

The new novel that I’m working on is beginning to fall into place now; the characters are beginning to feel okay in the world that they inhabit and the story is beginning to bloom.  I remember Stephen King, in his … Continue reading

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To Self-Publish or not? That is the Question.

I have thought a lot about self-publishing; it seems like the only place where there is any hope left for the new writer; especially when you’re constantly bombarded with figures about aspiring authors, slush piles and first novel figures. It … Continue reading

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Does success, measured only in terms of book sales, lead to a loss of thought provoking reads?

If ideas are at the heart of all good books, then why do so many recent successes have nothing of importance to say.  So many times have I picked up a new blockbuster of a book, that has dressed itself … Continue reading

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The Fear; Doubt in the Novel?

The Fear is the worst part of novel writing, and I got it pretty early on in the new project.  I had the name for The Fear introduced to me by Ian Rankin (not personally, but whilst watching a documentary … Continue reading

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Distraction: why novels need the time to grow.

There is a phrase I’ve heard muttered a lot about writing.  It goes something like this.  If you want to be a writer then you must read, write, read, write, read, write, read, write, read, write… so on. Now I … Continue reading

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