Writer's block, Part II So, it had been decided that I wasn't too old to write another book. So what could be the problem? If there is an external reason why this book wasn't getting written, I can either change something and write, or at least get the message and move on. Writing a book … Continue reading Reclaiming the magic morning hours
Writer's block, Part 1 I wrote the first draft of the first chapter of my next book. Unconcerned as always about the quality or even the topic, because a first draft is just that. (Significantly, the chapter was called I didn't want to write this book.) Months have passed since I wrote that first chapter. … Continue reading Too old to write another book?
This has been a terrible horrible—well, rather difficult—year for me and my writer's technology. I love my computers and software, love them to bits. I look after them like a devoted slave, I praise them to their face and to anyone who will listen. And in return, what do they do? This year they all … Continue reading Bullied by technology? You be the judge
"I am always criticised for my unrealistic characters," said a writer nonchalantly. We were chatting in a cafe. "People say they're not interesting." I moved my eyes and saw seven other people, making coffee, drinking coffee, reading, working at tablets and laptops. "Do you ever look at strangers, and wonder about them?" I asked. "No. … Continue reading Developing characters: lift your eyes from the keyboard
What prompts you to write a particular book, a specific book? For example, why did I write Fixing Mrs Philpott— rather than a memoir, a book about ageing, or a novel from scratch about an entirely different character? "Why did the author write this book?" This is a stock question at any writers' festival, and … Continue reading Reasons for writing: be glib or be puzzled