Plotting

Plotting

I know there’re a great many pantsers out there who feel that writing is just writing and writing and writing until its done. And if that works for you then great. I gave it a try once and found that pantsing is fine for flash or very short stories but anything...
A book is a book is a book

A book is a book is a book

Books. They’re great. I’ve got loads of them and recently entered a competition to win fifty more despite not having room for the one’s I’ve already got. I’ve got shelves full of books in my living room. I’ve got a pile of them on my couch and I’ve got several on a...
Word to your Mother

Word to your Mother

Words. I like words. They let me say stuff or even write stuff down so I can explain things without having to resort to interpretive dance all the time. Yes, words are damn useful things. I also enjoy dictionaries, especially old ones like the, 1811 Dictionary of the...
What is a writer?

What is a writer?

You know those questions that seem so obvious, they shouldn’t need asking? Well this is one of those. Or at least, that’s what I thought. But it seems that some people have different ideas as to what constitutes a writer. Or an author, or novelist for that matter. The...

W is for What Happened to V?

If you tuned in yesterday (and why would you? It’s all got a bit quiet) then you will have noticed that V is missing from this A to Z. That was mostly because I went shopping. And since that’s one of the best ways I know of not writing I decided to use it...

U is for Updating Software

Today I am mostly updating the software on my website hosting account. For those who don’t know, I run a small web-hosting company called CakeHosting where I provide space for people who want to run blogs on their own domains. I also offer support for people who...

T is for Taking Time to Think

Last night I did my second favourite thing to do when I’m alone in the flat. I had a bloody good think. I thought about my many writing projects and tried to work out what I can do about them all. This was brought about by mention on Twitter of a new film called...
S is for Story Cubes

S is for Story Cubes

Back when it was nice and cold and Christmas was happening, I began to look for presents for people. As always, I found loads of stuff for myself instead. One of those things was Rory’s Story Cubes. They looked interesting and I thought they might be a nice prezzie...

Q is for Quizzing Your Characters

There comes a time in every story where you suddenly think to yourself, “What the hell am I writing?” Panic sets in as your characters start doing things you hadn’t envisioned them doing. This would normally be great, after all it should make the writing easier if...
R is for Really Not In The Mood

O is for Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time there was a writer who wrote a story. He got as far as finishing the first paragraph and then proudly read back the work he had done. Right away he noticed some spelling errors and corrected them. Then he noticed that he’d written form, instead of...

N is for Not Easy Being Gorgeous

Today I have mostly been going through my old photos to see how gorgeous I was. Turns out I still  am gorgeous. So in the name of procrastination and not really be arsed to write anything today, Here are some pictures from the collection.      ...

M is for Microphone

Those of you who know me well will be aware of my obsessive side. You  will also know that for the last few weeks I’ve been obsessed with the Blue Yeti microphone. Well, I finally took the plunge and bought it and it arrived today. This will be a real help to my...

L is for Learning

Learning is fun! That’s what I keep telling my clients whenever they ask for help with their websites and blogs. It  might not seem like fun, but if you’re not enjoying it, it won’t stay inside your brains. As writers, we have to enjoy learning because that’s what...