Edit Notes: How Do You Deal With Them?

Word cloud created through wordart.com Environment, Capitalism, and Religious Hypocrisy are major themes running through my WIP, a work my publisher’s team of editors recently returned with ‘edit notes’. This wasn’t the usual ‘line edit’ I’ve had in the past and, on reading the notes, I was initially taken aback. My first response was that …

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Welcome to 2021.

A new start. New chances. New hopes. New dreams to fulfil. Positivity. Optimism. Let’s Do It! It’s gone at last, that dreadful year that was 2020. Gone, finished, done with. Over. We can begin anew. So, what do you have to look forward to? What’s on your creative, personal, social horizon? For me on the …

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A Welcome Ending: 2020 Goodbye!

Christmas is for the kids. But I love the idea of a new beginning, however random that may be, so the New Year is always special for me. Trauma, trouble, dispute, and the glorious heroics and kindness of millions. This has been a year that will be remembered by most for many reasons. The personal …

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That Final Edit

That final stage in progress. The title to this post is, of course, a show of blatant optimism, since I have completed my personal final edit, but the publisher’s team, kept locked in his basement, will undoubtedly come back with more. However, it is a milestone to celebrate. The MS ran to 79,079 words when …

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An Announcement

This sums up my current state! This is to let visitors know that my website may be disrupted for the next couple of days. WordPress works on 'Themes' and it appears my current Theme has been 'Retired', which means I have to choose another. That means I may have to completely redesign the site; not …

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Using Editing Software?

Word cloud created through wordart.com How do you organise your own editing of your creative writing? You’ll find an account of my latest WIP journey here to show how I go about it. The MS stood at 79,079 words at the end of the edit referred to in that post. I then began the penultimate …

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Let’s Get Digital, by David Gaughran: #BookReview.

220 pages Writing Reference. This is the 4th Edition. This manual guides writers through the process of publishing a book in digital form. But it’s so much more than that. David Gaughran has been writing about writing and publishing for some years. He bases his advice on personal experience combined with much research. He knows …

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Perils of the Pantster.

My desk during editing. If you write by the seat of your pants, you’re a pantster, as opposed to those who write a story from a structured plan; they’re plotters. Both methods have upsides and downsides, and both have devotees, some of whom can be unnecessarily scathing of those in the opposite camp. I’ve been …

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Daily Forest Walk Picture 21.04.20

Continuing to spread a bit of light and pleasure to those confined by the current crisis. See post 1, here, for an explanation. This is the 18th post. Sunshine and warmth have combined to raise the heads of some domesticated bluebells in our back garden. I wondered if those in the forest might be similarly …

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Creativity Interrupted

The Hut in the Woods. It happens to us all from time to time: something (often, more than one thing) comes along to distract or prevent us from doing our creative work. For many, judging by comments from blog posts, tweets, and on Facebook, that interruption of the creative flow can be physically as well …

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Finding the #Write #Words? No.1

For a few years I’ve been posting about word choice here. It seems timely to let you know the sources for the information and ideas I’ve presented. Before I started writing seriously, which preceded mobile phones, personal computers, and even electronic typewriters, I developed an interest in words: a fascination for the huge variety of …

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A Life-Changing Decision?

The wonderful world we inhabit. Photo courtesy NASA. I’ve slept poorly recently. This time I made a decision during the wakeful period. What kept me awake? Put bluntly; the dreadful state of the world today. Putting the most urgent issue of the environment emergency aside for the moment, in UK we’re now led by a …

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Why Did I Write Generation Mars This Way?

Earlier today I received an email from a visitor to this site, explaining he couldn’t review my Generation Mars series of books because he found the first one, Blood Red Dust, too distressing. His comments prompted a response from me to explain why I’d written the books in the way I did. It occurred to …

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How Do You Deal with Non-Creative #Stress?

As artists, craftspeople, creators, we all have interruptions to our creative lives from time to time. How do we deal with such intrusions? I’ve been battling with bureaucrats over the past few weeks on behalf of a charity I’m involved with. One of those ‘bright ideas’ that suddenly turns into a sort of nightmare with …

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#Free #Ebooks from 3rd to 9th March

I'm taking part in the Smashwords Read an Ebook Week by discounting all my books on the site to make them free! The deal lasts from 3rd to 9th March, so you'll need to visit and download quickly to take advantage. Much better to get them here, legitimately, rather than from some seedy pirate site, …

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