Tom Clancy: the passing of a good author

It saddened me greatly to learn that bestselling author Tom Clancy passed away this week. At the relatively young age of 66, he died in hospital for as yet unclear reasons. I’ve loved Clancy’s work for around seventeen years. His were some of the first ‘grown-up’ books I ever read at the ripe old age of…

Thursday’s Children: Duck Voice

This Thursday, I’m finding inspiration in duck voice. I’ve been feeling really desperate to write recently, and am constantly running into that big, brick wall: time. In between editing a magazine and now, the recent influx of freelance novel editing work I’ve undertaken (which I love, by the way — it’s definitely my dream job!) and…

Thursday’s Children: The Great Outdoors

I’m new to the land of Thursday’s Children, but love the concept of writing about things you find inspiring. For my first Thursday’s Children, I’m choosing The Great Outdoors. No, I’m not referring to the television show (although I have previously crushed on one of the male presenters!), but the actual outdoors. Being outside. Whenever…

An editing addiction

I have a confession to make: I am an edit addict. I know, by time standards, I perhaps haven’t edited my manuscript nearly as much as many people I know, but I’ve definitely gotten stuck into it with a chainsaw and sawn that horror movie victim to shreds. I’ve obsessed over each line, then come…

Resolving Writers Block using Character

I was involved in an interesting discussion about writers block recently in a writers group, the crux of which was: when all else fails, insert character here. This rationale came about after one of our group mentioned she was stuck on a certain point in her manuscript. It became clear that if she focused on…