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Around the Blocks of 2016

Does it happen to you that you can’t remember the books you read in the last year? Okay, you might know the more recent ones, but, whether it is advancing age or what, I’m having to scan various shelves and … Continue reading

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The Blocks

    I first came across Karl Parkinson listening to Arena one night, around a year or so ago. As far as I can remember, he read the Prologue from his then forthcoming book The Blocks and another chapter, which … Continue reading

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Is it ever finished?

That’s the question I’ve been asking myself. Last September, I finished my novel – and sent it forth to the unwelcoming bosom of agent land. Now, I’ve just finished it again. Due, it has to be said, to my first … Continue reading

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It ain’t done, till it’s done

So, this was the opening line in my last post: That’s it. No more excuses. Finish this novel and send it out by year’s end. Well, what can I say? Other than: That’s not it. I have more excuses. I won’t be … Continue reading

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Top Tips

Most of us can never get enough advice on writing, not least from successful authors. Sometimes, if I’m honest, it can be an easy distraction from doing the actual bum-on-seat work, but there is great advice out there, such as … Continue reading

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Writers Groups

I still feel my heart racing and my voice going a bit shaky, but reading my novel at writers’ groups is the real litmus test (well, that’s before going to an agent or publisher that is!). If, like me, you … Continue reading

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On a second draft and pulling threads

For what has been a stop-start kind of three months or so, I felt a little flutter in me belly when I finished my, ahem, second draft. Now, this is not what some people might consider a second draft: a … Continue reading

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