Yes, essential to the writing environment are:
a working computer with appropriate software a supportive chair warmth light peace
But the most important adjunct is CHOCOLATE. So what does chocolate do for the writer?
1. Flavonoids Chocolate is chock-full(!) of flavonoids—naturally-occurring compounds found in the cacao plant, as well as in red wine, tea, fruits, [...]
At the RNA SE meeting on 24 April, Nicola Cornick gave us valuable insights on constructing heroes. Taking Robin Hood as an example, she showed how universal the hero values attached to him were: anti-authoritarian, good versus evil, romantic, skilled in fighting and weaponry. The mythic Robin Hood was a construct, an icon, created mainly [...]
Wrecked for many publishing professionals this year by volcanic ash, the LBF was for me an exciting first.
I followed the distress of others on Twitter as flights from every conceivable part of the world were stopped, particularly those from South Africa, the 2010 Fair’s market focus. But despite myriad appointments with Australians, Finns, Germans, [...]
On gloriously sunny Sunday 17 April, my writing buddy, Denise, and I attended the pre-Fair Masmasterclass entitled ‘How to Get Published’. Whilst we knew some of it already, conned from amongst other places, the inestimable Carole Blake’s book From Pitch to Publication: Everything You Need to know to Get Your Novel Published, we found the [...]
Writing the first book of my trilogy, I found I needed to develop a tracking system not only of the action but also of its timing. It’s so easy when engrossed in producing any story, let alone a thriller, to inadvertently get events in the wrong sequence or introduce a character to another you killed [...]