Overnight Author (9th – 11th October)

Are you imagination-rich but time-poor? Do you have an idea for a book, but just don’t know how you’re going to fit writing it into your busy lifestyle? Or perhaps you’re a shooting star, wanting to write and finish your book while your enthusiasm is streaking across the sky. With our Overnight Author, spend a … Continued

Respecting the Craft

When talking to people at parties, usually one question is always asked: ‘What do you do?’ Now here’s how these conversations never turn out: Person #1: ‘I’m a brain surgeon.’ Person #2: ‘Really? I’ve got an idea for a brain surgery I’d like to try one day.’ Person #1: ‘I’m in bomb disposal.’ Person #2: … Continued

The World Before Page 1

A trap authors often fall into is treating their characters and their situations as if they are born on page 1 (or whatever page they’re introduced). Prior to that, they have no history whatsoever. They’ve never experienced anything. They’ve never encountered anything. The problem is these characters and situations lack depth and verisimilitude. They are … Continued