Fully loaded kindle and off we go

My last blog post was about what I’d read recently.  This is what I’ve got on my kindle for the next two weeks.  They’re a random mix of books I’ve been hearing about, books on sale, books I’ve always meant… continue reading »

What I’ve been reading recently – a summer holiday reading list of sorts

Summer reading lists are often weighted heavily towards ‘improvement’. Things you think you ought to read.  Books you’ve never finished.  This year you have my permission to take the summer off.  If you’ve going to have more reading time than… continue reading »

What I would have said to Harper Lee

Before I got a chance to read GO SET A WATCHMAN on Tuesday, I put myself on a media ban.  There were articles and reviews popping up all over the place and I wanted to come to the book with… continue reading »

The Write Crowd – the right book?

Can a book teach you how to write?  No, although you could argue that reading a lot of books can teach you how to write, as you absorb all those good words by osmosis.  Sometimes, though, it is helpful to… continue reading »

Stephen King’s ON WRITING – or The Best Writing Book Ever Written

Can a book teach you how to write?  No, although you could argue that reading a lot of books can teach you how to write, as you absorb all those good words by osmosis.  Sometimes, though, it is helpful to… continue reading »

It’s not all about being right

When people hear that I’m an editor, they assume I must use perfect language all of the time, never make a grammatical slip and spell like a creepy 12 year old prodigy. The trouble is people don’t think or write… continue reading »

A fully stacked kindle just isn’t the same

I’m off on holidays shortly and am really looking forward to some concentrated reading time (if my family let me!).  I’ve got around 50 unread books on my kindle which I’m going to get stuck into. I got given my… continue reading »

Beautiful words everywhere – or May the Tube never change

I find beautiful words everywhere – accidental, historical and just giving me pause to think about the wonder of words. Walking through a wet Kings Cross, the tannoy announces ‘due to today’s inclement weather the surfaces are slippery, please take… continue reading »

Threading your plot through your novel

In some ways, it doesn’t look like much.  Just a set of scrawled, crossed out columns on a scrappy piece of file paper.  It’s actually a section of JK Rowling’s plotting for HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX.… continue reading »

Don’t smirk at me

I hate authors using the word ‘smirk’.  In a typical week, I will come across four or five characters smirking away.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against someone having a sneaky mean grin at someone else’s expense –… continue reading »

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