Category : Writing Craft

Written on Jun, 01, 2015 by in , | 8 Comments.
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Ever feel like you are going in circles? Sure you do. Everyone does, right? I'm the type of writer known as an outliner, which means I like to plan my whole story in advance and make detailed notes on every scene and every step of the plot, start to finish. It's the engineer in me. It gives me a framework. …

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Written on Nov, 08, 2014 by in , , | 3 Comments.

Hello everyone. My 2nd Necromancer tour is over and during it I did a few guest posts. Here they are, in case any take your fancy. And, by the way, thank you all for your support of Necromancer – it continues to sell well daily. What was I thinking? – My experiences writing my romantic adventure serial. What would our current world …

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Written on Apr, 23, 2014 by in | 2 Comments.

Everyone has a novel in them. Or so the saying goes. Friends and colleagues often approach me, often sheepishly, about their desire to write a book, or problems they are having in getting started. Well it’s fantastic news that you want to write a novel! Go for it. Here are just a few of the questions I’ve been asked. I …

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Written on Mar, 08, 2014 by in , | 2 Comments.

First world problems for authors: Editor deadlines. How much of a stressor is this for the modern author? Though authors have worked with publishing and editorial deadlines ever since some ancient druid told his craftsman “Finish runes on this stone before setting sun at solstice, or Gods seek revenge!”, I believe deadlines have grown tougher in recent years. Why? Since …

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Written on Jan, 27, 2014 by in | 2 Comments.

Does a plot have to have an antagonist – a villain? Do you enjoy books or movies without a villain? One of the classic plot lines for a story is a protagonist – the hero – defeating the antagonist. It’s the classic good vs. evil tale, and in most cases the hero is an underdog, someone thrust into the limelight …

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Written on Nov, 30, 2013 by in | 4 Comments.

I’m sure most people think authors are a calm and level-headed breed. Our bio and PR pictures depict us as well groomed and smiling, and we try to be witty and intellectual at dinner parties. Ours is one of the few professions where glasses and gray hair can actually improve our standing and charisma. It’s all true (not), but you …

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Written on Aug, 30, 2013 by in | 5 Comments.

Ah, the exclamation point, or exclamation mark as some call it… I believe it is seriously overused, and I like to think that most editors would agree with me. Don’t you hate reading a book where every piece of dialog ends in one? Commonly it us used to indicate a raised voice, shouting, surprise, alarm, etc. Lazy! (See what I …

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Written on Jul, 04, 2013 by in , | 3 Comments.

Today, on the morning of July 4th, my book had its own Independence Day. My book has been freed. What am I prattling on about? Let me step back a week. Last week I celebrated the completion of the first draft of my new dark fantasy novel. A major milestone, yay! I started preparing and collating my notes for all …

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Written on May, 26, 2013 by in | 5 Comments.

A few weeks ago I had to design the huge, climatic scene for my latest book. Doing so had scared me for ages, and it’s amazing how long I can procrastinate for. I wanted every character from the book to play a part, thus tying together all the loose ends in what I hope will be an intensely satisfying finale! …

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Written on Apr, 07, 2013 by in | 6 Comments.

As you may have noticed, I have an unusual spelling of the name Graham: it is in fact a Scottish spelling. This was never a problem for me when I lived in the UK where this spelling is almost as common as the usual form, but since coming to the US it’s been a constant battle spelling my name or …

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