You or your muse?

On the evolution of stories and a case of unexpected philosophy. Muse There are those who scoff at authors when they claim they have no control over the stories that they tell, that they are a conduit through which stories are told, more like a medium than an engineer. That | Read more…

Can I use that?

Some thoughts on the use of song lyrics and other copyrighted material in fiction or other media. This weekend the subject of quoting song lyrics in works of fiction came up in conversation with another writer. He wanted to know whether he would be allowed to quote lines from a | Read more…

Creative Writing Promps

Ideas are not something I usually struggle with, but sometimes I like to challenge myself to write something based on a prompt purely because it wasn’t my idea. I’ve found in the past that some of the stories I have created through trying to find a story within a prompt | Read more…

Great Escapes | Volume 1 – Kickstarter

The Great Escape launched in June 2011 without any particular plan as to how we’d find fiction content or what we would ultimately do with it. But, through a combination of competitions and invitation we managed to find content for nearly every month. Interest is growing as we go into | Read more…

Creating my first ebook – A journey (part 2)

In Part 1 I explained how I was using “How to Publish your own eBook” as a guide to creating my first ebook, The Star Coin Prophecy. Part three of the guidebook deals with how to create an epub or mobi file from prepared content, which can be used on | Read more…

The Star Coin Prophecy – new book released

My short adventure novella, The Star Coin Prophecy is now available to buy from Smashwords in all major eBook formats. When local science reporter Ruth Anders gets invited to a national press conference for the Kepler project, she knows it’s going to be a memorable experience. But nothing could prepare | Read more…

Creating My First eBook – A Journey (part 1.5)

On Friday I will be posting a piece about how I converted The Star Coin Prophecy into an ebook, but before that I have a little rant for you. Why? Because during the course of researching the process, I found out I didn’t need to make an ebook at all! | Read more…

Creating My First eBook – A Journey (part 1)

I am not the world’s biggest supporter of self-publishing, as you may know from my previous articles (self-publishing, traditional publishing), but I do believe it has its place. I am currently gearing up to publish a 160 page anthology of short stories and micro-fiction for The Great Escape, in print, | Read more…

The 10,000 hour rule (or Prepared for the Long Haul)

While I’ve come across advice in the writing world that pushes reluctant writers to eventually take the plunge and try submitting their work, it is far outweighed by that desperately trying to instill some sort of reality check. I have never been one to expect I will “get good” at | Read more…