Fallen off a bike? Take the car…..

There’s an old adage about falling off a horse/bike/anything (delete as applicable) that if you fall off you should get back on and try again.  Eventually you’ll get the hang of it.

Well, not wanting to conform I’d disagree with that.  Sometimes the best thing to do is decide not to bother with the bike/horse and take the car instead (it’s an analogy before anyone berates me for my CO2 emissions).

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Game Changer – The Kindle Effect

Despite my previous rant about e-book pricing even I acknowledge that the Kindle is a game changer.  Not the e-book reader in general, the Kindle – it’s pretty much single-handedly responsible for the acceptance and take up of ebooks and e-book readers.  Is that going too far?  No.  And I’ll explain why and what impact it could have on people like me who write as a hobby.

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Writing…. Relaxing? Pah!

Well, as Mark Twain said, reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.  Well, not so much my death but the fact that I shamefully haven’t done any updates for quite a while.  For that I apologise.  I seriously admire those bloggers who can submit new posts multiple times a week, not just that but actually have something interesting to say.

I’ll try to be better.  Promise.

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The Never Ending Story…..

As you know I’m revising the first book again, polishing it, changing bits around and making it ready for submission again.  In a previous post there was a comment from a reader that suggested at some point you just have to actively decide it’s ready.  The problem is I’m not sure it ever is (as the same commentor also acknowledges).  Not really.  We might say at some point ‘it’s as good as it can be’, however, writing another 30 pages of another chapter brings with it more experience and when you go back and read the previous sections you find – well, that it isn’t ready.

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Has it really been 10 days since my last post?  Well, yes, I know that since I can see the date on each one but the last 10 days just seem to have flown.  Works been crazy at the moment and due to a couple of other distractions, football tournaments, ballet show prep and other stuff I’ve not had a lot of chance to write anything for a while, novel or otherwise.

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Test Readers : Did I thank you?

I’d imagine that quite a few writers hand off their finished (or first draft, second, third etc) novel to someone they trust after they’re happy with it.  I’m lucky enough to have four people, my wife, my mum, my sister-in-law and a colleague at work that I trust.  But the very first reading is always done by my wife.

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