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Unbound – the future of publishing?

I’m not sure why I’ve only just heard about Unbound, but it’s going to be the future of publishing. In much the same way as the music industry has taken note, publishers may soon be a thing of the past as the middle-men are cut out of the industry all together. Unbound has been described […] [...more]

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Do you NaNoWriMo?

Back in 1999, Chris Baty had a ‘silly idea’ and convinced 20 of his friends to try and write a whole novel in a month. Today, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has spread across the world, tempting writers with itchy fingers to take on the crazy challenge. NaNoWriMo is also happening in the Middle East […] [...more]

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14 Punctuation Marks That You Never Knew Existed

  The Lovely people at Buzz Feed know their punctuation! How many of these do you know? I’m not sure if I believe the exclamation comma… Post by Jack Shepherd     Dagger Also called an Obelisk. This bad boy (on the left), and its two-headed friend (on the right) the Double Dagger or Diesis, […] [...more]

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Why I write

It seems this is an obligatory blog post – for writers to write why they write. To list their reasons, specify their work ethic, explain their craft. So, here’s my list. Why I write 1. To empty my head of all the words overrunning it 2. To tell everyone my ideas 3. To become a […] [...more]

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Great new writing website from ‘Fight Club’ author

What does a famous author do with himself when he’s written loads of bestsellers? Set up a writing website, of course. And I’m very pleased Chuck Palahniuk – author of ‘Fight Club’ – has done just that. Lit Reactor ‘Connect, Learn, Improve, Publish’ seems to be packed with everything a writer needs. Create your own […] [...more]

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Back to pencil and paper

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Very sound advice from Mr Jeffery Deaver

During the organisation of my very ridiculous collection of chapters and character notes in varying locations, I was very fortunate to remember some sound advice from none other than bestselling thriller and crime writer Jeffery Deaver. I met and interviewed Mr Deaver at the 2010 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Cue picture of me with […] [...more]

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Now, where did I put that chapter…

Quitting my day job has had one large benefit for the progress of my novel – I’ve now got bags of time to pore over chapters and deliberate about dialogue. A few things stood in my way, however. Having started this novel around 2001, the chapters, brainstorming and snippets of ideas weren’t actually all in […] [...more]

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Quitting my job… to write a book.

I’ve just taken one giant step… not really for mankind, but definitely for me. Two weeks ago I left a well-paid job at a daily newspaper to finish writing my first crime novel. I started writing the book about eight years ago just for fun – it was really a story that just became longer […] [...more]

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Goodbye RSI

Thank goodness for modern keyboards, right? Well yes, if you’re concerned about RSI (repetitive strain injury) typing on a typewriter like the one below, would never exactly be good for your wrists. This is one of a selection of wonderful pics in a gallery on Slate, courtesy from the¬†Milwaukee Public Museum, USA. I learned to […] [...more]

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