Shortly before I left school, aged eighteen, the headmaster gave a talk about the perils of the Big Wide World that we were about to enter. He had two important … Continue reading
I often tell people the story about how I realised I wanted to be a writer when I was 13 after I saw Jurassic Park at the cinema, and how I … Continue reading
As has often been stated, the whole point about the bad guy is that he thinks he’s the good guy.
So, it’s a lovely quiet Sunday morning. Perfect for settling down to write my Author Allsorts blog post. The suggested topic for today’s blog post is ‘writing distractions’ and . … Continue reading
I’m awake at 4am, sometimes 5am; 6am if I’m lucky. I have a toddler you see and his preferred method of waking me is by poking me in the eye … Continue reading
You might think Baskerville Hall (of Sherlock Holmes/Hounds of… fame) is in Devon, but it isn’t. I’m glad I knew this before I set off down to South Wales for … Continue reading
There are countless articles and blogs about writing, but my favourites tend to be those written by published authors. I know the advice is likely to be good (after all, … Continue reading
I don’t really regard notebooks as documents of record; they’re simply a surface upon which the thinking process can be conducted…
Long before I’d gained the ability to actually finish a story (no matter how brief) I was fiendishly scribbling down poetry, sometimes at a rate of two or three new pieces a day. I have notebooks full of poems dating back to when I first gained permission from my teachers to use joined up writing. Some of it isn’t even that bad, if I do say so myself.