This is an English expression that means to prepare for a difficult situation. The origins of the saying is from old sea-faring times. Hatches or hatchways were commonplace on sailing ships and were normally either open or covered with a wooden grating to allow for ventilation of the lower decks. When bad weather was imminent, … Continue reading “Batten down the hatches!”
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…
"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
Agatha Christie said: “Everyone is a potential murderer - in everyone there arises from time to time the wish to kill - though not the will to kill.” Books by the Queen of Crime are a delight to read, but there are so many more novelists that entertain with their depictions of murder. The New York Times asked … Continue reading My favourite murder?
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
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!
Samuel Johnson said: "Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement" . Therefore it comes as no surprise that in the world of literature, a good blurb and a well designed cover are strongly advised for potential readers to be attracted. I put this to the test with a quick Twitter pole, offering four … Continue reading Judging a book by its cover