speed

How to Write Faster

I’m writing a new book. It’s called ‘The Serpent’s Egg’. I have an outline in place, as I always do, that consists of a line or two of text, called ‘beats’ for each chapter describing what happens. Think of writing a book as climbing a cliff, these beats act like footholds to keep the story […]

Black Orchestra

On Novels and Film Scripts

  I have written 4 novels and I’m working on no. 5. I’m also attempting to turn my best selling book, The Black Orchestra, into a film script. When I start a novel I build an outline of 60 chapters, and when I start writing I aim for 1,500 words in each chapter. 60 x […]

Writing Tip #11 Choosing Character Names

This is the eleventh of 12 posts for writers who are planning to self-publish using the great services now available to the amateur writer, such as Smashwords, Amazon KDP, CreateSpace etc. 11. How to Choose Character Names Choosing names for your characters can be difficult. The best approach seems to be to keep a list […]

Writing Tip #10 The Ending

This is the tenth of 12 posts for writers who are planning to self-publish using the great services now available to the amateur writer, such as Smashwords, Amazon KDP, CreateSpace etc. These mistakes are straight from week1 of “Good Writing 101”. You might get away with one or two of them; maybe people won’t notice. […]

Writing Tip #9 The Big Reveal

This is the ninth of 12 posts for writers who are planning to self-publish using the great services now available to the amateur writer, such as Smashwords, Amazon KDP, CreateSpace etc. These mistakes are straight from week1 of “Good Writing 101”. You might get away with one or two of them; maybe people won’t notice. […]