Welcome to 2014 from the art deco capital of the world

Welcome to 2014! I thought I’d share some photos I’ve taken in the last few days from the art deco capital of the world – Napier, New Zealand. This year’s already stacked for me, certainly writing-wise. I have a book in press and others to finish and get to publishers by deadline. More on that … More Welcome to 2014 from the art deco capital of the world

Sixty second writing tips: it’s what you don’t write that counts

A lot of people hope to write like Ernest Hemingway.  Cool. The issue is how. He didn’t just do it by short sentences and by stripping out adjectives and adverbs. If you read his stuff, you’ll also find long sentences, and for good reason. The real secret was what he left out. He knew what … More Sixty second writing tips: it’s what you don’t write that counts

Sixty second writing tips: close enough for jazz?

As a writer I have an abiding annoyance with the phrase ‘that’s close enough for jazz’ – meaning ‘close enough is good enough’. It isn’t. Not in jazz, which has some of the most precise and complex rhythms known in music. Ever tried to play a piece in ‘Thirteen’? It’s a jazz time signature –5/8 … More Sixty second writing tips: close enough for jazz?