Category: Skills

Bullets in Scrivener

I’ve been rather quiet on the blog posts recently. There’s been a lot going on in my life, not least of which is the challenge that is Scrivener. For those of you who don’t know Scrivener, this is software that is hailed as the one package to make your writing...

Go on, feed an author today!

As writers, we really appreciate our readers – especially when they take the time to write a positive review about our books. This doesn’t take too much work but often my readers have said they couldn’t review a book because they didn’t know how to! (Technologically speaking.) So here is...

Becoming less of a Twitter twit

Last week was one of my sharpest learning curves from a work perspective for a very long time. I have written and edited for years, but social media (apart from the obligatory and easily mastered Facebook post) has always been a bit of a terrifying zone for me. But my...

Wild settings and how to create them

I’m currently listening on Audible to a book called Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets. It is told from the perspectives of two characters Pru Hathaway and Amy Ray Latour and the novel is set in the Colorado Wilderness. Amy Ray disappears while going on an elk hunt on her...

Beginnings: Get Busy Dying

Where do you get a corpse when you need one?” Ben Rehder, Get Busy Dying This isn’t your average first line. It’s not long or complicated, but it signals so many things on the first read. One, the genre is reasonably apparent from the line (thriller/crime/mystery) and two, the perspective...

Beginnings: Come to Me

In the middle of the eulogy at my mother’s boring and heart-breaking funeral, I began to think about calling off the wedding.” (Amy Bloom, Love is Not a Pie, from Come to Me) Last week I promised to choose some first lines that I love and explain why. So this...

In the beginning

The last week has been a bit of a whirlwind of hospital visits, food deliveries to sick friends, puking kids, bits of bad news and crisis management. Despite all of that, I’m very excited to say that I’ve written Page One of my next novel. Generally my Page Ones get...