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On editing, wet shoes and the Spanish Inquisition…

On editing, wet shoes and the Spanish Inquisition…

Warning: this post is very, very long. Which is slightly ironic, given that its main focus is on getting your word count down. To quote Ser Davos Seaworth from Game of Thrones, ‘I apologise for what you are about to see…’   In my last […]

On shrubberies, Ugg boots and editing

A couple of days ago I went up to London to meet my editor, Bella Pagan at Tor. Editing is about to commence. Following on from my post about the similarities between plotting a novel and assembling flat-pack furniture, I had considered a follow-up post […]

The Language of Leaving

I had no intention of posting about the referendum. I don’t have any particular insight into the economics of the debate – although I do know enough to shout at the television screen during adverts that make simplistic claims about leaving the EU freeing up […]

Everything I know about plotting I learned from Ikea flatpack furniture…

Everything I know about plotting I learned from Ikea flatpack furniture…

So far, my maternity leave has involved more furniture assembly than I anticipated. Somehow it always seems like a good idea right up to that moment when you realise that none of the three hundred unidentifiable pieces laid out on the floor bear any resemblance […]

Follow the yellow-brick road

I always wanted to be a writer. At school I spent many a happy hour writing angsty teenage poetry. I even made a couple of abortive attempts at a novel. I occasionally break out in a cold sweat over the fact that I don’t have […]

Blog under construction

Or, more accurately, blog temporarily abandoned in a fit of technology-induced rage.  Clearly I am not quite as IT-literate as I always believed…