Spring News – What have I been up to?

It has been an age since I did a personal update, so this could be a long one.  Mime – Releases 28th June 2019 was a big year for me. I finished my debut novel, Mime.   I. Finished. A novel.   That’s big! Huge!  Around this time last year, I was | Read more…

Feedback & Editing (Pt 2) : Case Study Examples from my Debut Novel

In this post I’d like to share some experience of my beta read process – some examples of the feedback I received and what I did to address it. | Read more…

Feedback & Editing (Pt 1) : Some Thoughts on Process

Editing is difficult because it involves change. While self-editing can be relatively painless, integrating external feedback into your edits can be excruciating.  There’s lots of advice out there saying you should get feedback, but less about what to do when you get it. I’m certainly no expert, but here’s my take on | Read more…

Evolution of a Scene

I’m in the process of working through my line editor’s comments on Mime and I thought I’d share a little glimpse into the evolution of one of my scenes. We join Elliot, armed with a fire extinguisher, in the middle of a very improvised rescue… 1st Draft White fog erupted | Read more…

Worried you’re doing it wrong? 5 Writing process myths busted

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent a lot of time stressing over your writing process and worrying that you are doing it all wrong. A lot of famous authors spout advice about writing, but no writer–bestseller, famous or otherwise–has the one true solution that works for everyone, because no | Read more…

Editing Tips: Using Find & Highlight to Address Common Mistakes

One of the most crucial parts of editing is identifying your own habits so you can address them. Repetition, crutch words, over use of adverbs, passive voice etc. This is something I usually address in a final pass — a final polish — after having addressed everything to do with character, | Read more…

A Tip on How to Handle Edits and Critiques

A little bit of potted “wisdom” based on my own experience of receiving edits and critiques When confronted with edits, you invariably won’t like what the editor has suggested. They may have changed the meaning, or the tone of a sentence in a way you don’t like. But, don’t get | Read more…

On Author Voice vs Editors

What is your author voice? How do you develop it and bring it to the fore? It’s a tricky question and one many authors struggle with. I myself struggle to reconcile what I know to be good writing practice with injecting distinction and personality into my writing. I went to a | Read more…

Preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo – 5 days to go

My main goal for Camp NaNoWriMo is to spend at least 50 hours editing my novel, Mime. I currently have an incomplete rough draft of 70,000 words. Now I say edit, but a more accurate term might be revise, more accurate still might be re-write but let’s stick with revise. | Read more…