Category Archives: Writing

“We are living in a magical age.” Barnes and Noble interview

A few days ago I was interviewed by Barnes and Noble. We spoke about mythology, history, world folklore and the possibility of a Scathach spin off. Continue reading

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A little update on book 5, The Warlock

I have just seen the final page proofs of The Warlock. These are very close to the final novel, laid out the way the published final book will look. I know there was some discussion earlier about the size of this book. Continue reading

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Tools and skills every budding writer and author needs – Part 3: The Execution

So this is the hard part. The world falls into two camps: those who write on machine and those who write by hand. Ultimately, even those who write by hand will have to present their manuscript in some digital format. Continue reading

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Tools and skills every budding writer and author needs – Part 2: The Research

For me, this is always the best part. Writing is hard, research is fun. And here is where your digital camera is a must. Memory is fallible, photos are not. Continue reading

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Tools and skills every budding writer and author needs – Part 1: The Idea

Probably the number one question I’m asked (actually probably the number two right after “where do you get your ideas from?”) is “so what do you use to write? What are the tools of the trade?” This question is always asked in a tone which suggests that there are secret and arcane devices which every writer uses. There aren’t I’m afraid, but over the years I’ve spoken to many writers about the tools of the trade, what they use to capture the ideas and get them onto the page. Continue reading

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Ten characteristics you need to become a writer

Are writers born or made? I firmly believe that anyone can write (whether they should is an entirely different matter of course). I have been writing now for over twenty-five years and in that time have met countless writers. The vast majority of them treated writing like a job and approached in that fashion, not waiting for the muse to move them, but moving, shoving, pushing and dragging the muse into submission. Continue reading

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