Writing – The Organic Entity

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Ever since I was young, I have lived within a bubble of self-enforced organisation. For me, the world is almost like a formula, and if one thing falls out of place, then the whole thing crumbles. It made me somewhat of an annoying child. And probably even more of an annoying adult. Even still, that is how I plan so many aspects of my life. My day. My work. My gym regime. All of it […]

Sun, Sea, Sand and……a Notepad?

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With my final draft of A Fire Within completed, a sense of serenity washing over me, and the first glimmers of sunshine bathing the normally sodden landscape of Britain, I decided to take a day to celebrate with a couple of beers in my garden, looking out over the sun-kissed vistas. Budweiser in hand, cool and crisp with welcome condensation, I was hit with waves of nostalgia, pulling me back to where my writing journey […]

Just a Helping Hand – Tips for New Writers

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Right, let’s just start off by saying that this isn’t a ‘how to’ on how to write your novel. At the time of posting this I am not a published author, so I can’t give advice on how to be a successful writer. What I can do is give you tips on how to be prepared for your novel, and what to think about when writing it. These are things that I learnt the hard […]

The Enigmatic (albeit self-titled) Stranger

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My aim, when setting up this website, was to be able to get my thoughts out there. I wanted to write reviews for my favourite books, films and TV shows. I wanted to air my hobbies, interests and gripes. I wanted this to be a place where my fans could get to know about me and my novels. It seems that I was very ambitious. Over the last few of months I have hit a […]

Coincidences in Fiction – A Product of Poor Planning?

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Coincidences happen. In real life they can be a wonderful thing. Against all odds, something happens that is the product of utter chance.   In novels, they are not so wonderful.   You are reading a story. You have become enamoured with the characters. You are invested in their plight. They are in mortal danger. How are they going to escape? How will they survive when about to be set upon by numbers that will […]

Hard at work

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With the sunny climes of Ibiza now but a distant memory, I return to the grind. And I couldn’t think of anything better. Getting back in to the swing of writing has motivated me through the week of spreadsheets, reports and minutes. It is the hope that I have clung on to, dragging me through the broken glass that has been my first week back in work (my job really isn’t that bad, but it […]

Writer’s Block

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For a long time I have heard about this curse that has plagued writers, even those who have published books so confidently in the past. Their works have been lauded, praised, revered, and all those other synonyms that scream their worth. Yet still they get hit with this apparent curse. For this whole time I have wondered if it was nothing more than a subconscious excuse to procrastinate and savour the rewards of the work […]