Fran’s advice is golden for any format or prose. “Edit it down. One of the biggest problems I see with otherwise good stories is that they are bogged down in their own words. In many cases a story can be cut by 20%, sometimes as much as 50%. Please care about your story more than your words. Continue reading Through The Slush-Pile With The CRES TEAM
I’m still quite new to episodic fiction, only really getting into it about a year ago when I began writing Quest For The Wholly Pale for Fiction Vortex. Even with my studies in Screenwriting, and some experience writing a series … Continue reading On Writing Episodic Fiction With The Fiction Vortex Team
Hi there! And welcome to another of my updates (and yes, I know I’m terrible at keeping dates these days:-D) What follows is what is best described as a series of updates covering The Quest For The Wholly Pale, my … Continue reading Update March 2018: Quest Episodes, WIPs and Friends
When first researching how to self-publish, and the myriads of issues I had to address five years ago, I found Mark Coker’s advice, research and predictions very useful and thought-provoking. So, naturally, I was excited to hear about his new … Continue reading Listening and Learning: The Smart Author Podcast
It’s great to chat to Inge Saunders once more. She’s been very busy exploring different writing universes within romance writing. In fact, she’s gone back to her first love, much like myself – the paranormal. But unlike me, she’s been … Continue reading Inge Saunders: Choices To Collaborations
Wow! Yet another month flipped through like those old movie montages of calendar days flying off. So here’s a little montage of all my news for the past few weeks featuring Here Be Monsters, The Bagua, an April guest-post on … Continue reading Update: April 2017
Revising a short story or article can be stressful, while revising your novel can quickly turn into a horror story, complete with acute mental torture, and shrill screams of heartfelt pain. Fortunately, most of the awful vexations you encounter during … Continue reading 5 Revision Vexations and Their Silver Linings
So it was that in fits of boredom many months apart, I played the same love/dating quizzes in a row, certain in the knowledge that I would get the more…normal (shall we say) responses the second time around. Imagine my utter shock when both times (both!) returned the very same answer!
And now you’re wondering what those were and why they are so shocking. Continue reading My Secret Nemesis? Underwear Model!
I know there were two white dogs, one of which kept falling into the pool and then having to be helped out.
I know there was a fun-run and numbed hands from fishing for water and cool-drinks from the ice-tub.
I know there were a few cool days, but mostly relentless heat which must have short-circuited my brain and so led to this deplorable memory loss and/or loss of time… But there are a few clues of what I’ve been up to. And as for December, well, we’ll get to that… Continue reading Let’s Not Do The Time-Warp, yeah?
“So spill!” I said as I placed my cup on the low table.
Audrey took me literally as she set her mug down next to mine. “You’re never gonna believe this!” she began, then grabbed my arm for emphasis, or perhaps she was afraid I was going to run off. “Munro’s applied for Treasure Seekers! And Celia’s partnered with him! They were both accepted as a team; can you believe it!”
Continue reading What’s this story called? And catching up with the Em-dashes