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Revising, editing, and all the rough drafts.

As I sit down to work on yet another rough draft, I thought it might be interesting to read about how I revise and edit a new book. 1,232 more words


Time Isn't On My Side

Time is. Time was. Time will be again. However, describing the process in fiction can be tricky; especially if the story is set prior to the invention of the watch. 277 more words


Why characters in your novel have to be real, mostly

One of the fastest ways to put people off your novel is to have a character who’s – well, a ‘character’, like a cartoon.

Ernest Hemingway made the point decades ago: novels need ‘real’ people, not ‘characters’. 329 more words


Author Patrick deWitt (Literary Sojourn - Part 2 of 3

Patrick deWitt is the main reason I attended Literary Sojourn this year.

I loved his novel The Sisters Brothers, described as “cowboy noir” with dark humor and an off-kilter view of the Wild West. 823 more words


Lyrical Winner

I must admit I did a double take when I saw the news that Bob Dylan had won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Like many other people, I was assuming a novelist, poet or play write would be named, and had my hopes pinned on Haruki Murakami, who was one of the favourites and a writer I particularly like. 558 more words

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