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How I write a novel and how you can write one, too

I start writing when I start. There’s no specific time. But we are up early because of the dogs. And my wife is very disciplined and gets to her desk by 8 a.m. The office is a summer house at the bottom of the garden. Books and papers are piled everywhere. There’s a chair each …

Four weeks to your first draft

It’s NaNoWriMo. You start on November 1, and by the end of the month the aim is to write a novel – or at least a 50,000-word first draft of a novel. It’s a great idea. It really gets you writing if you’ve struggled in the past. You have a goal, and you drive towards …

The Trees and Other Stories in paperback

My short story collection The Trees And Other Stories has been on Kindle for a while now, but in the next few weeks it will be available as a paperback. Here’s the cover. What do you think? I’ve published most of my books in the mainstream way – get a publisher; they do all the …

Free book today

My guide book HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 6 MONTHS  is available for FREE on Amazon for Kindle today and tomorrow, so if you’re in the UK, here’s the link, and it’s here if you’re in the States; here in Canada; here in Australia… and it’s free everywhere else on Amazon, too. If you …

The Writing Process Blog Tour

So Danny Rhodes, author of the excellent Fan, asked me to contribute to the Writing Process Blog Tour. I don’t know much about it, but writer after writer answer the same four questions. Here are the questions. Here are my answers… What am I currently working on? I’ve just finished, and dispatched to my agent, …

Get writing

If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, my eBook How To Write A Novel In 6 Months can help you. It’s 20,000 words and includes the system I have used to write two novels a year since Maneater was published. When I started writing I was reading a lot of How To books, and …

The Rules of Writing

On November 14 I’ll be taking part in a discussion at Whitstable Library in Kent. The event is a fund-raiser for a fantastic new literary festival  called WhitLit, to be held May 9-11, 2014. I’m very excited. However, on November 14 at the fund-raiser, it’ll be me, Peggy Riley (author of the wonderful Amity & …

Just joined Goodreads

I have signed up to Goodreads this week. I’d not really been aware of its potential, but I have been reading Goodreads For Authors: How To Use Goodreads To Promote Your Books by Michelle Campbell-Scott. Very interesting, and quite eye-opening. I thought I’d give it a go. All my books are already there, so I …