After more than 30 years in the business – and after seeing a LOT of writers and writing – I’ve never considered the qualifier ‘aspiring’ necessary for those starting out. You either write, or you don’t. The end. And personally, I hope that people who want to write – well, they’ll write. That said, ‘aspiring’ to write… More Why all who write should think of themselves as writers. Period.
This week’s writing challenge is inspired by a photo I took of the ‘Martian tripod’ at the end of Courtenay Place, Wellington, New Zealand. Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on… More This week’s mega short-story challenge
One of the secrets to writing 50,000 words part-time in 30 days is to make that writing process efficient. Sure, the figure averages out at just 1666 words a day, or thereabouts. But writing’s a stop-start process. It’s easy to sit there for hours and get just a few hundred words out. And the onus… More The secret to winning NaNoWriMo 2015
Last week I posted about New Zealand being a lost world of dinosaurs – as long as we think of birds as a dinosaur. Which, of course, they are. This isn’t hyperbole. Today, birds are formally part of the dinosaur clade – the greater family. Specifically, they are avian dinosaurs, whereas the ones that went extinct… More New Zealand – the lost world of the dinosaurs – part 2
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins in November – the challenge where authors from around the world race to finish 50,000 words in 30 days. That’s a daunting figure even for experienced writers. I know. I’ve had 30 years experience in the field, writing over 50 books so far – mostly published by Penguin Random House,… More Tips and hints for NaNoWriMo 2015 – here on this blog
It’s kind of funny, but after 50-plus books and three decades in the business I still do two really basic things when I write a book. The first is that – no matter how much planning I put into it beforehand, no matter how clear I am about what’s to be done – I always start… More The two things I do when I write a book
One of my blogging friends asked me, yesterday, why I’d picked a Japanese flag to feature on the cover of my reissued book Pacific War: New Zealand and Japan 1941-45. Why not a New Zealand image? The flag picture featured originally on the back cover of the 2003 Reed print edition. Now it’s in full glory… More The advantages of using your own photos in your books