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'Iteration' - second draft complete

 


After a fortnight of spending every possible hour editing the manuscript, shoving the kids in front of the TV with chips, neglecting the cat, and watching weeds go nuts in the garden, I have finally delivered my second-draft-stage…

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Show, don’t tell... really?

 


 
All writers have, at some point, been urged to ‘show’ rather than ‘tell.’ (This means, basically, that your story allows the reader to discover something by ‘watching’ the action as it happens, rather than being told about…

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Read an extract of 'Iteration' here!

 


After tweeting and facebook-author-paging my novel extract, my website stats show that the news hasn't got anywhere near as far as my blogs seem to. I'm including this brief extract as a blog post (forgive the layout -…

Something I found today...



I went through a few desktop documents today, and found a screenshot I took when The Eternity Fund reached number 2 bestseller position in the 4,000 plus SF/F titles available on Audible.co.uk. It may not have been there for long…
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Progress with my Novel-In-Progress


 
It’s surprising how much ‘Iteration’ has changed since I began writing it at the back end of last year. The only reason I know this, is that I keep detailed Learning Logs for PhD. The logs track progress, hold-ups…

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Women Rise in Sci Fi - terrific article from The Atlantic, 2014

The debate on whether women write true SF or whether this is best left to men (while the ladies stick with softer fantasy) is always thought-provoking, and at times amusing. Follow this link to read a 2014 article on women SF writers…

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Write What you Know


I’ve just spent a lovely week immersed in the fictional world of Marie Brennan (‘A Natural History of Dragons’/’The Tropic of Serpents’, both Titan Books). It’s very difficult to be original (there are only so many ideas to be had…

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​And She Was


 
My reading this week included the delicious and very Gothic verse novel And She Was, by Sarah Corbett.
 
One of the things I’m really grateful to my MA for introducing me to is poetry, in its many…
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Progress with my Novel-in-Progress

 


I’m on a drive to finish the first draft of Iteration, and racking up the word-count at 2,000 words a day. This is weekdays only, because on weekends it’s a mum-and-dad taxi-time to street-dance, rugby, and whatever other…

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Reviews: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly


It's a fact that most people who read/listen to a novel won't leave a review. 

If they decide to go ahead and write one (for Amazon, Goodreads or so on), it can vary vastly between a couple of sentences, a…