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The Knights Are Shifting

The Knights Are Shifting

I’m a fast writer, but even so, it feels like I’ve been working on The Knight Shift since… well, since forever. Okay, so maybe not forever. But I feel like I’ve been working on this draft for ages and this book for a seriously long time, and as a result I decided to work out how long it’s been. BECAUSE TODAY I FINISHED IT. I forgot to mention that part. I finished it. I wrote THE END and added some…

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Adventures In Aberdeen

Adventures In Aberdeen

Let me take this opportunity to reassure you that my silence this past week hasn’t been because Charley and I were wreaking untold havoc on the city of Aberdeen, but simply because I couldn’t bring myself to blog while we were there. I actually took a fairly considerable holiday from the Internet — I didn’t disappear entirely, but I neglected a lot of the sites I usually frequent, which is unusual for me. I’m sure you’re wondering how we spent…

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Write What You Sort Of Know

Write What You Sort Of Know

I always had issues with the write what you know adage. To a certain extent it’s often misunderstood. It’s not saying we should all write books that match our life experiences exactly, because can you imagine how boring books would be if people did that? But I think it’s encouraging writers to draw on what’s real in order to construct what isn’t. Like, I might not have experience of losing somebody very close to me, but losing my grandparents means…

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April (Retrospect and Reminiscing #4)

April (Retrospect and Reminiscing #4)

There will be a lot of photographs in this post because in April, I went to Scotland. I mean, I also had a dream that Charley was dead and completely freaked out when she didn’t come online, finished Forget My Wings – mostly in a car, emailing chapters to Charley every time we reached a service station and got WiFi (and she hated me for the ending) – started writing the second draft of The Quiet Ones, and wrote 25…

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