What’s in a name? Well, that’s easy for Shakespeare to say with a name like that, but when you’re trying to think up new character names for your book, it’s not always that easy. Unless you’re Man Booker winner Anna Burns, in which case you can dispense with names altogether. But for most of… Continue reading What’s In A Name?
Sound the 30 days to launch klaxon!! It’s just T minus 720 hours until my new book, The Story Collector, hits bookshelves and I’ve decided to draw up a helpful list of all the things I should be doing during this final phase of publishery and book launcherism. Panic. I’m particularly good at this and… Continue reading What To Do Before Your Book Launch
Art is never finished, only abandoned. Leonardo da Vinci Creativity is something that refuses to be measured by calendars; laughs at deadlines and always begs the question, ‘Could I make this better?’ Leonardo is right, at some point you just have to walk away, but how do you know when that is? As many… Continue reading How To Tell When Your Novel Is Finished
I’ve just begun outlining my fourth novel. No-one is more surprised at reading those words than I am! Obviously, I’m still in the honeymoon period, meeting the characters, sussing out locations. There’s nothing like starting back at the beginning to remind you how delicate this process is and how, at one point, writing more than… Continue reading When One Novel Isn’t Enough
Originally published on Swirl and Thread as part of #IrishWritersWed “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Westward Ho – Samuel Beckett Full disclosure: I’ve never even read Beckett. However I am a sucker for inspirational quotes (if only I could remember them!). I immediately pinned this one, in the hope… Continue reading Fail Better
As I strolled through the park the other morning (I say morning, could have been tea-time, but who’s counting) I realised that the life of a writer is really quite similar to that of an old-age pensioner. Don’t switch off! This is a good thing!! Seeing as the public at large like to view the… Continue reading How Being A Writer Can Prepare You For Old Age!
We’ve all heard how JK Rowling famously wrote Harry Potter in a local cafe. In fact, the chair she sat on recently sold for €344,300. That’s some indication as to the importance we give a writer’s creative perch. Writers and readers alike are enchanted by the idea of where a book was conceived, convincing themselves… Continue reading Where Was Your Book Born?
Having reached the ‘Thank God the first draft is over’ stage of novel number three, (number four if you count my first unpublished manuscript) I feel I have come to understand a lot about the writing process and what works for me. Not content to sit here and keep all this useless valuable information to myself,… Continue reading Things I’ve Learned About Writing… 15 of them!
There are three types of writers in this world: Those that drag out the story for so long that you start to lose interest and begin thinking of all the other books you could be sleeping with reading. Those that race to the finish – so just when you start to get into it, it’s… Continue reading The Art Of Seduction
The lovely people at Writing.ie recently asked me to write an article for their ‘Better Fiction Guides’ and so I decided to do a piece on how to write ‘Time-Slip’. Historical Fiction is so popular right now, but now if you’re looking for that extra oomph, both as a writer and a reader, Time-Slip offers… Continue reading Time Keeps On Slipping…