Sunday, November 21, 2021

Cash and the Creative Long-Game


The golden dream of writing a bestselling novel that sells millions of copies, or a screenplay that lands with a multi-million payday, hangs in front of most writers when they first begin to put pen to paper. At least the honest ones. 

As they tap away at the keyboard, they dream big, and why shouldn’t they? It is human nature to dream of becoming financially-free, of buying that glorious house or vacation home in the Caribbean and taking care of family, friends and parents that have supported the fledgling writer through all the first draft nightmares and daily worries that being a writer brings.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Top 3 Tips For Maintaining Creative Focus

The biggest obstacle to a writer’s success is their own inability to maintain focus on a current project usually by being distracted by all the copious ideas that flood into the creative’s mind at the most inappropriate time.

And that is a dangerous time of potential derailment, one that needs to be managed and controlled. 

But how does the creative writer manage that, without losing all those wondrous new ideas in the process?

Here are my best top 3 tips that will help you maintain your creative focus, another piece of writing I did during my second year Creative Writing degree.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Adding To The Toolbox

In this week's article taken from the writing I did for my second year in BA Creative and Professional Writing at Derby University, I will look at how the differing forms of storytelling and the increased practice of reading widely have contributed to a seismic shift in my perception of what it means to be a writer, and how the addition of each to my own writing toolbox have affected my craft moving forward.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The Development Of Story: Shadow People - From Supernatural Myth to Psychological Study

As part of my second year on the creative writing degree, I had to conduct a research project and tie it in with a piece of creative fiction. As I was starting to write the first Louise Miller book, Dirty Little Secret, I figured I'd hit two birds with one stone and do a research project on a particular aspect of that. 

I've kept the references in but any others such as Appendix entries, won't be displayed.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

A Writers Process

When asked how he writes his books, Stephen King once gave the flippant answer: "One word at a time." A little simplistic some may say, as far as the writing process goes, but actually, factually, correct. All writing, be it a short article such as this, a research paper on the migrating habits of lesser-blue sparrows, or one of Mr King's thousand-page doortstop novels, each piece is eventually written one word at a time. But how does the writer approach the actual writing? What is their process for getting an idea out of their head and on to the page?

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be posting some articles and posts I wrote as part of my 2nd years creative writing degree which explores this topic from a variety of angles, starting with today's post specifically about the writers process.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Series Reading

Like a lot of people during the pandemic, I took up reading as a coping mechanism. Now, I've always been a strong reader ever since childhood. 

I've always had a book on the go, dipping a toe into it when there were a few spare moments, or diving head first into the book and doing laps until it was done. 

Saturday, September 25, 2021

An Update

By now I am sure you will have seen that I am no longer with Crime Publishing Network, a strange occurrence you might be thinking considering they just released my first novel. 

If you weren't aware, or hadn't seen it, here is the statement I put out a short time ago: