Going to great lengths…

Don DeLillo said, “It’s my contention that each book creates its own structure and its own length. I’ve written three or four slim books. It may be that the next novel is a big one, but I don’t know.” Many sources indicate that works of fiction should be between 60K and 90K words, with thrillers … Continue reading Going to great lengths…

A bit of me in all

"All autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography," said J. M. Coetzee. And Gloria Vanderbilt was quoted stating: "All art, from the paintings on the walls of cave dwellers to art created today, is autobiographical because it comes from the secret place in the soul where imagination resides." My experiencesMy knowledgeMy thoughts I too write … Continue reading A bit of me in all

Too much of a good thing

"Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough", said Mark Twain. Whether in eating, drinking or anything else, the general consensus seems to be that, too much of anything is not good. Except for Mark Twain's good whiskey or Scott Fitzgerald's Champagne (same quote, different drink). Though alcohol can … Continue reading Too much of a good thing

Imagination is hard work

From August 2019 "The value of achievement lies in the achieving." I love the above quote. Albert Einstein is telling us to enjoy the journey, which is 99% of life. I take this strongly to heart as for me, writing is a trip. Yes, it'd be nice if a sold tons and could be a … Continue reading Imagination is hard work

Write the book you wish to read

From August 2019 It was Toni Morrison who said, "If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it." Growing up, all my pocket money would be spent at WH Smith in Hull and ever since I can remember, for my … Continue reading Write the book you wish to read

The price to pay

From August 2019 The American business magnate Warren Buffet said "Price is what you pay; value is what you get." My ebooks on Amazon are priced around €8 and my printed versions on Lulu or Amazon, some €18. This may seem quite high by any standard, but given the enormity of each project, the volume … Continue reading The price to pay

It’s a jungle out there!

From July 2019 It was the Indian writer Ashwin Sanghi who said: "Write when drunk. Edit when sober. Marketing is the hangover." Many a time have a written a chapter while under the influence of alcohol. Though often spectacular, the next day I deemed the writing not always suitable, nor consistent or totally missing the … Continue reading It’s a jungle out there!