Monthly Archives: March 2012

Another writing tool

I’ve used this writing tool when I’m at a loss for something to write. It works by harnessing your inner muse. If you give it a go you may find that allowing your sub-conscious off the leash will help when … Continue reading

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Revolting Characters

Help me, my characters are revolting. I’ve started to write a novel about the Vikings.  I started writing in third person, then changed to first person because my protagonist had a strong voice which seemed worth listening to.  However, as … Continue reading

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Useful Writing Tools

I’ve been pondering useful writing tools lately.  The best one is to apply my posterior to a seat and get writing.  However, there are a few others which I regularly make use of and which can sometimes be very useful. … Continue reading

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To the Death. Artful. #samplesunday #amwriting #Kindle

CHAPTER 4 TO THE DEATH Jack managed to get one free and kicked down savagely.  There sounded the sharp crack of broken bone and Crimp cried out.  He felt his nose gingerly.  Blood spurted through his fingers. ‘He’s broke me … Continue reading

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First or Third Person?

I’ve just started to write a new novel, based in the early years of the eleventh century.  I have a protagonist, Leofric the clerk, I know what sort of person he is and what his values and beliefs are likely … Continue reading

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Hooray for Serboga

Yesterday we visited the tiny Principality of Serboga.  It is a village perched in the hills above the coastal town ofBordighera.  It is close to the French/Italian border. Apparently the deeds selling the old village to the Duchy of Piedmont-Sardinia … Continue reading

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Artful Chapter 3 Part B. #Sample Sunday #Kindle #amwriting #historicalfiction

It was when The Hornet was wallowing through the Roaring Forties, far to the south ofIndia, that Beresford took ill. It may have been something he caught on the taint of the air, it may have been some pestilence an … Continue reading

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Buriden’s Ass. What shall I write now?

I’ve just published my third novel, Artful, about the continuing story of the Artful Dodger.  Editing and improving it was a long, thought-provoking and instructive process. I now have another novel ready for editing.  This is set in the last … Continue reading

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Artful #SampleSunday Chapter 3 A Dreadful Voyage Part A

 Here is the third sample of my new book Artful, available on Amazon Kindle. Most of the voyage was spent in deep gloom.  There were several hatches in the deck and when the weather permitted these were opened to allow … Continue reading

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Ignorance is bliss

We have been in France for three months now and have got rather out of touch with things in the old country.  We watch the French media and understand the bare bones of it but not the nuance.  So, naturally, … Continue reading

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