Don’t complain about J K Rowling. Follow her lead instead.

The other day a novelist complained that J K Rowling was making it harder for other authors, and why didn’t she just stop? By her own admission, this critic had never read a word of ‘Harry Potter’. To me it came across as a ‘she’s had her turn, now it’s mine’ kind of argument. It’s … More Don’t complain about J K Rowling. Follow her lead instead.

Write it now: getting the twist to that story structure

One of the most amazing things ever found by archaeologists is a 40,000 year old flute made of vulture bone. Here’s discoverer Wulf Hein playing the Star Spangled Banner on it. The point being that the US national anthem relies on a modern scale. The Ice Age dude who made the instrument nonetheless drilled the holes for … More Write it now: getting the twist to that story structure

Write it now: hair gel for your writing style

There’s no question that author writing style is integral to their wider brand. It’s not the only ingredient, but certainly one of the main components. Well known writers inevitably carry a distinctive style – a voice – that marks their writing. And this is seldom an accident. Hemingway, for instance – whose styling helped set … More Write it now: hair gel for your writing style

J K Rowling and the writer’s dilemna – discovery

News that J K Rowling penned the detective novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, sent that book straight to the top of the charts this week. Until then it had been well received by critics but sold only modestly – I saw figures like 1500 copies in hard-cover. Now it’s getting a … More J K Rowling and the writer’s dilemna – discovery