Structuring A Novel

I want to grab a pair of scissors and start cutting up my novel. Maybe I should employ a Dada technique and chuck it up in the air and see how it lands. Where it lands is what the structure will be but I am century too late for this kind of idea and there…

Knight of the Thimble

New publication day, find my latest short story at Mechanics Institute Review. I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Mosaic Novel

I am trying to use the blog today to piece together ideas; no I won’t be sharing any for the novel I am writing – it’s not because I think you will manhandle each one of them against their will into a derivative piece of work that you want to get published (by the way,…

Transhumanism

Finishing the second draft of my story and considering a few things. Memory is like a river and transhumanism comes at a cost. Seem like two very different ideas. If you upgrade or more than likely are upgraded by someone else who has vested interests in what you will become then that river of memory…

The Body Divine

As a disabled writer with spinal damage that has lead to scoliosis, nerve death, missing discs, sciatic pain and arthritis I have begun to explore the idea of the body in my writing. Sometimes you don’t realise that something is underpinning your work until you step back and evaluate it. We have had a body…

Kim Wilde and Genre

Kim Wilde is on Top of the Pops singing You Came in a little black dress and with the most uncomfortable backing band ever, as if they’re more happy to be in bank suits than in denim. It’s the year I really get going as a writer, I am thirteen and in the last few…

Between the Cracks

A common complaint about writing is time. As in, ‘I haven’t enough time’. Yet, I bet if I sat you down and audited your day I could find moments, I could find minutes that add up to a sizeable chunk of time. Let’s start with lunch, so many British people eat their lunch at their…

As Useful as a Chocolate Teapot in a Tropical Leper Colony

I often consider why in draft writing we try to cling to everything as writers. Backstory goes in, exposition goes in, the kitchen sink goes in. I consider the exposition in John Carpenter’s The Fog, hence the reference to the leper colony. The lepers in that story become first the monsters and then the avenging…

Write or Become a Ghost

The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself. – Wallace Stevens. What if that changes? Where then do we find the beauty? In a world where we out consume what should be consumed and in which we reproduce in a way that is unsustainable maybe James Lovelock is right. Maybe…

Knowing Character

When you start to consider story beyond the three act structure (the basics being: beginning, middle and end) you realise that even if you map out your story you must know your character before doing so. You must also engage in the form you are writing in e.g. bloody read or watch something because you…

Space Travel: Fiction vs Reality

I always had a problem with the concept of space ships in SF. Though we imagine a universe where we can break the laws of physics, creating ships that fold the galaxy in two (as Herbert imagined in Dune) or star ships that created warp capacity (as in Star Trek), the reality is that to…