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…
"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
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!
From June 2019 Perhaps I'm a product of globalisation. I have two mother tongues, have lived in three countries and visited countless others. Throughout my professional career, I have always worked for multinationals with a large diverse workforce and a spread of different languages. English has been (and still is) a binding factor, an advantage for … Continue reading Double Dutch
I often get the question; "How is your writing coming along?" to which I'm not sure how to react. Do I answer commercially? - "Well, books sales have stalled. I really should do more Marketing." Do I answer operationally? - "Well, my third novel is at the editor, but I need to speed up my … Continue reading “How is your writing coming along..?”