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Sigil – the ultimate free ebook creator

If you’re self-publishing and not creating ebook using Sigil, well Sir or Ma’am, you may have rocks in your head. That may be a bit harsh, but it is that good. Here’s a screenshot of me editing a chapter…                           Why Sigil rocks: […]

New site breaks down what authors earn

Anyone authors out there wondering whether to ditch the legacy route of “big five” publishing to head down the mythical road to self-pubbed riches should drop everything and check out I came across it while reading Joe Konrath’s blog. A long report from Hugh Howie featured in a long post comparing the earnings of […]

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Curly at Long Odds – Chapter 1

After writing about good writing, and wittering on for six posts about style and structure and other technique tips, I thought I’d better put my words where my mouth is. So here is Chapter 1 of a short novel I wrote last year. It’s called Curly at Long Odds. It’s a sequel to Curly Flat […]

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What is good #writing – Part 4: More on Authenticity

Dialogue Wow. If there’s a single facet of narrative writing that seems to cause writers the most grief, I’d nominate dialogue. It’s tough because it’s dependent on all other aspects of the story – context, setting, the characters, the plot – and is so easy to spot when it doesn’t ring true. Quentin Tarantino’s script […]

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What is good writing – Part 3: Authenticity

You may have seen my first post on good writing or the next one on structure. In them, I’ve covered the concepts of “eye friction”, context and structure. Time for authenticity. This post has turned into a bit of a monster, so I’ve split it into two parts. Here’s the first half… Authenticity “No – I just don’t buy […]

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What is good writing – Part 2

You may have seen my first post on good writing. I covered the concept of “eye friction” and context. Now I’m eyeing off structure. I think authenticity, variety and confidence will have to wait for post No.3. Structure Structure equals logic, and even in the most illogical world of speculative fiction – possibly involving the upside-down slug world of Elgar Noth (please note, I […]

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What is good writing?

Talk about your subjective topic. Good writing means many things to many people, and almost everyone will have a different opinion on what constitutes great writing. Reading fiction, for example, I hate some popular authors’ work that my wife loves, and vice-versa. If I don’t like a best-selling author’s writing style, but millions of readers […]