Editors are Good!

My gorgeous blank Churchill and my lovely silver Drake

I am just getting the editor’s comments back on my latest manuscript. Hmm. I value editors – the work they do is absolutely essential. They can radically improve a piece of work with what can seem like tiny changes. Still, those tiny alterations can be incredibly difficult to get across to the author sometimes. The … Continue reading

Where Do The Characters Come From?

How would he speak and behave?

Continuing the theme of professional tricks of the trade, I thought I’d comment on characters I’ve used – and those I have read. Some authors are really not happy unless they’ve planned out every person in their book in a forty page synopsis. Many professionals do work in this way, I know. Recently I read … Continue reading

Endings

Occasionally you see a setting like this that will kick off research into the setting or the building.

Today I was going to write about ending a story, but then a few other ideas came to me. So, first, if you don’t mind, I’ll just talk a little about the writing life. For now, I was at a delightful evening last week, and a good friend who has recently changed his job told … Continue reading

Editors and Editing

It takes a lot of time to edit a novel, but it's worth it!

Yesterday I had to give a talk to the Society of Editors and Proofreaders – and I had great fun! It is a constant source of astonishment to me, how many people say that they hate editors and all their kind. One friend of mine routinely tells how his was trained by the Gestapo, while … Continue reading