Here are the new covers for my books Italian Odyssey and Battle For Crete. I like them. The re-jig was spurred by the pending reissue of three of my military titles as an omnibus edition with an extremely cool cover design (watch this space) – demanding a reconstruction of all the covers in that series to keep… More Cover make-over frenzy!
This week’s writing challenge revolves around a photo I took of Courtenay Place, Wellington, on a very wet and windy Saturday evening. 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 your blog,… More This week’s mega short-story challenge
It’s early morning and light rain is falling as we depart our motel for a tour we’ve been planning for years but never got around to. Until now. Hobbiton. When The Lord Of The Rings was being made, my wife and I were living under the shadow of the hills that hosted the Minas Tirith and… More Tolkien made real – a visit to the Hobbiton movie set. Part 1.
I’ve been posting about ways of keeping free-form creativity going while still keeping on track in NaNoWriMo. Or – indeed – on track in anything you’re writing. That doesn’t avert the need to plan, though. Planning pays dividends – big dividends – when you’re working to timeline. Here are five reasons why. Planning keeps you… More Five reasons why you need planning in NaNoWriMo 2015
The big question with NaNoWriMo, for a lot of writers, is whether to ‘pants’ or ‘plan’. You know – whether to sit down and ‘just write’, with the story going where it will as one navigates ‘by the seat of the pants’, or whether it’s better to have some sort of written structure. The fact… More Pantsing or planning – that is the NaNoWriMo question
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