A Dark and Stormy Night: The Weather In Fiction

A Dark and Stormy Night: The Weather In Fiction

I’m typing this in my armchair, looking out at the snow – it’s a blizzard out there! – and listening to a classical music playlist I have on Spotify. It’s my go-to music for almost everything I write that isn’t novel specific. It also seems apt for the winter weather...
A rose by any other name…

A rose by any other name…

When it comes to ideas of what to write about, I am never short of ideas. One of my main problems is choosing one from among the many ideas flashing around my brain at any given moment. I can usually get a quick grasp on the most important elements of my characters; I...
I Don’t Know What to Write!

I Don’t Know What to Write!

I’m a terrible procrastinator. I could represent Scotland in the Avoiding What You Should Be Doing olympics, such is my talent for being busy with anything except writing. And does this proficiency make me happy? No. So why do I do it? I was chatting about my low word...

Five Facts About Aurelia Miele

Many thanks to Angela Barton who passed the “five facts” baton to me. What’s this? Well, writers are sharing five facts about a character from their work in progress. These aren’t necessarily facts you’d learn from the book but may form...

Stabby Words and Cutting Remarks

Last week Gary Parkin wrote a very good blog post about word lists and why it’s a good idea to use one when you are writing. You can read what he had to say about it here. Basically, Gary makes the point that it can be useful to have a small lexicon of...

My Creative Process – The Grand Blog Tour

Firstly, many thanks to Abi Burlingham who nominated me to take part in the Grand Blog Tour for creative types. The whole point of these tours is to encourage new visitors to your blog so if this is your first time at my particular madhouse, hello, welcome and please...
Reader’s Block

Reader’s Block

I can’t read any more. I haven’t lost my ability to decode the squiggles on a piece of paper or computer screen, rather, I have lost interest in reading. And as a writer, that is worrying. I started a book a couple of weeks ago, Anno Dracula by Kim Newman. It’s a...
Guilt-free procrastination

Guilt-free procrastination

[tweetmeme source=”nettiewriter” http://www.URL.com] Now, we all know how much fun I have finding things I can use as aids to procrastination. I have been known to count the grains of salt on my chips rather than apply my bottom to the chair and get on...
Review of Write A Great Synopsis

Review of Write A Great Synopsis

[tweetmeme source=”nettiewriter” http://www.URL.com] “A maths teacher with OCD fantasises about one of his students while dealing with a series of prophecies and trying to take more control of his life.” This is the twenty-five word synopsis of my WIP, The...

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