Category: A Novel Observed

A Novel Observed #26 – Judge A Book By Its Cover

While letting the first draft of No Time To Stand And Stare settle, it’s a good opportunity to get the cover sorted. Now, when I first started out writing, I assumed that covers were not that important – not compared to the book’s content. And, while that is certainly true in almost every sense, it doesn’t matter how great the content is if no one ever opens it and reads it.

This is where the cover comes in.

Why? Because everyone judges a book by its cover. Actually, let me qualify that a little. Everyone initially judges a book by … Read More

A Novel Observed #24 – Rushing The Finish

The Writing Stage

The Writing Stage

Sometimes rushing to the finish is a good thing. In a race, for instance, as a runner turns the final bend and looks along the straight towards the ribbon (or whatever it is), the sight of it spurs her on. She picks up the pace. She breaks into a sprint. She narrows her eyes, ignoring all behind … and so on. When writing a novel, however, rushing the finish might not be quite such a great thing. Sure, I want to actually finish the novel, but I don’t want to make the mistake of not finishing it … Read More

A Novel Observed #23 – Bringing The Strands Together

The Writing Stage

The Writing Stage

When the television series, LOST, came to an end in 2010, there was a fair amount of disappointment, even outrage, at the number of unanswered questions that remained. I recall, as we neared the final few episodes, the moment when I realised that the various strands that had been woven throughout the show were probably not going to be all neatly tied up, but just dropped and left dangling.

I’m sure there were plenty of people who were okay with that, but I wasn’t one of them. I, and I think this is true for most … Read More

A Novel Observed #22 – Where To Write?

The Writing Stage

The Writing Stage

For those who know me, it’ll come as no surprise that I’m writing this in bed. But then it is 11pm, so that’s okay. I think.

To be fair most of my writing takes place right here in this not-as-comfortable-as-you-might-think location, usually in the small hours of the night, when everyone else is asleep (see my previous post on ‘When to write‘), but – and this may come as a surprise – it is not the only place I write.

“So where else do you write?” I hear you ask. Here are just a few:… Read More

A Novel Observed #21 – When To Write?

The Writing Stage

The Writing Stage

Having considered the lie that I don’t have time to write, and the tyrant king that is the daily word count goal, it’s worth looking at when to write – by which I mean, when is the best time to write.

Now, it may well be that, in order to fit in with a job or with family life, we end up writing in sporadic bursts, a hundred words before breakfast, another hundred after taking the kids to the park. While writing this post, for example, I am running the AV for a conference in a London … Read More

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