Category Archives: My New York book

What happens when people don’t like the main character in your book?

Have you ever read a book that you liked, but you just didn’t love? You’re not sure why, and then it strikes you: you don’t care enough about what happens to the main character. If they fell off a tall building

What happens when people don’t like the main character in your book?

Have you ever read a book that you liked, but you just didn’t love? You’re not sure why, and then it strikes you: you don’t care enough about what happens to the main character. If they fell off a tall building

“Pantsing” vs Plotting and Other Useful Literary Terms

The lovely Jenn J McLeod invited me to be part of a blog hop about the writing process so here is my response. Where do I start? Probably by admitting that my writing process has multiple personalities! Before we get

“Pantsing” vs Plotting and Other Useful Literary Terms

The lovely Jenn J McLeod invited me to be part of a blog hop about the writing process so here is my response. Where do I start? Probably by admitting that my writing process has multiple personalities! Before we get

On Contemplating My Future As a Writer As I Prepare to Pitch My Next Book

Just as I was working madly to finish the edit on my next book, two things happened that made me take a long hard look at what I do and why I do it. The first of these was a

On Contemplating My Future As a Writer As I Prepare to Pitch My Next Book

Just as I was working madly to finish the edit on my next book, two things happened that made me take a long hard look at what I do and why I do it. The first of these was a

Writing a book is like … hatching chickens!

A long time ago I wrote a post about why writing a book was not like giving birth and why I think it is a terrible and overused metaphor for the creative process. Now I have a new metaphor to

Writing a book is like … hatching chickens!

A long time ago I wrote a post about why writing a book was not like giving birth and why I think it is a terrible and overused metaphor for the creative process. Now I have a new metaphor to

How to Use Scrivener to Edit Your Book

It’s been a few months since I last raved about my love of Scrivener so I thought I’d update you on whether my love had waxed or waned. In summary, I began writing my new book with Scrivener on March

How to Use Scrivener to Edit Your Book

It’s been a few months since I last raved about my love of Scrivener so I thought I’d update you on whether my love had waxed or waned. In summary, I began writing my new book with Scrivener on March

The joy (and madness!) of writing a book

There is so much discussion about the pain involved in writing a book, the difficulties, the moments when you want to throw everything in the bin, the times when you feel as if you will never be finished, as if

The joy (and madness!) of writing a book

There is so much discussion about the pain involved in writing a book, the difficulties, the moments when you want to throw everything in the bin, the times when you feel as if you will never be finished, as if

A New York Author Adventure

Some of you might know that I just spent a couple of weeks in New York doing research for my next book. After I returned, someone said to me, ‘Exactly what does a writer do when researching a novel in

A New York Author Adventure

Some of you might know that I just spent a couple of weeks in New York doing research for my next book. After I returned, someone said to me, ‘Exactly what does a writer do when researching a novel in

3 more reasons why Scrivener makes writing a book easy

Two weeks ago I blogged about how Scrivener was helping me to imagine all kinds of structural possibilities for my novel, because of the way it made setting up and manipulating the ordering of the scenes in my book so

3 more reasons why Scrivener makes writing a book easy

Two weeks ago I blogged about how Scrivener was helping me to imagine all kinds of structural possibilities for my novel, because of the way it made setting up and manipulating the ordering of the scenes in my book so

The New Love of My Life: Why Using Scrivener Makes Writing a Book So Easy

The new love of my life is not tall, dark and handsome, nor is it likely to bring me flowers every day. But it does something even better – it makes writing a book a breeze. And it’s name is

The New Love of My Life: Why Using Scrivener Makes Writing a Book So Easy

The new love of my life is not tall, dark and handsome, nor is it likely to bring me flowers every day. But it does something even better – it makes writing a book a breeze. And it’s name is

The Bee’s Knees & the Cat’s Pyjamas: Researching my Next Book

I’m used to having to do research for a book. My second book, If I Should Lose You, featured a heart transplant surgeon as the main character – obviously I’m no expert in transplanting hearts, so interviews and other kinds

The Bee’s Knees & the Cat’s Pyjamas: Researching my Next Book

I’m used to having to do research for a book. My second book, If I Should Lose You, featured a heart transplant surgeon as the main character – obviously I’m no expert in transplanting hearts, so interviews and other kinds