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The little boy in a hat

This is a post that I originally posted in my other blog, Suffolk Scribblings, but which is all about the writing process and the morality of us as writers, profiting from other people’s suffering.

Suffolk Scribblings

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been waiting for feedback from my alpha readers on my first book. As well as writing the odd blog post, I’ve been using my precious writing time to plan out my next book. I’ve been working it through for a week or so and got to a stage where I needed a turning point which would have enough emotional impact to tip my main character to do something they would normally never consider.

So, like most writers, I started to think about what would cause me pain and I immediately my children come to mind and how I would feel if they had an incurable illness. It is important for the plot that this illness cannot be treated on the NHS in the UK, even better that there is a treatment available abroad but that it would cost a lot of money. I…

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I have a new blog

I have just started a new blog. This is not a betrayal. Nor is it a separation. This blog was always intended to record the journey of writing my first novel and I intend to keep updating it as things progress, but as time has moved on I have found myself wanting to write about other things, completely separate from this journey. There is a lot going on in the world, both locally, nationally and internationally. I am interested in many things and I’d like to share my thoughts and opinions with the wider world. This is what my new blog is for. It will give me a chance to exercise my writing muscles on large and small subjects that I feel are important.

If you want to come along for the ride, please feel free to visit me at my new blog, Things I need to write about (snappy eh?) My first blog is about a gig at the village where I live.


This is fantastic. Something for me to remember when I finally finish the first draft. Not too long now……

Marie Taylor, Ink

I have been reading a collection of short stories by Graham Greene, one of my favorite writers. Greene is known for his novels including The End of the Affair, The Confidential Agent, Our Man in Havana, and The Third Man, which was made into one of my all-time favorite movies. He made a discerning observation in the Introduction to Collected Stories which had me pondering for quite a while and I’d like to share it with you.

“With a novel, which takes perhaps years to write, the author is not the same man at the end of the book as he was at the beginning. It is not only that his characters have developed – he has developed with them, and this nearly always gives a sense of roughness to the work: a novel can seldom have the sense of perfection which you find in Chekhov’s story, The Lady…

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Some great words of wisdom from Neil Gaiman via the Jaye Em Edgecliff blog

Jaye Em Edgecliff

Gaiman’s 8 Rules

These, by and large, are really common sense,. But really that’s why I absolutely love readingNeil Gaiman. Not his books, though several of his are on my to-read list, the only one I’ve managed to get around to yet is Good Omens (very awesome, by the way), I mean him.

Really it does all boil down to: If you want to write, have a story or, better yet, have characters and see what story they present you and then try to keep up.

Write! You’ll never get your story told if you put it off.

Once writing, keep at it. I add the corollary of get the idea down, if not now, ASAP! You may truly not be able to get it down right as it happens. Maybe you’re making love, or driving, or cooking, or skydiving. Inspiration hits at inconvenient moments, but…

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