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When I left school, I hoped to walk into a job with the military flying fighters or choppers, I didn’t care which, just so long as it flew. I didn’t end up making the cut. Looking back on it, and knowing now that I don’t take well to authority, I think the defence forces made the right decision for the both of us…

Blog series: How to Write

6. 40 Words on Grammar.

#6. How to write your best selling novel, by a best selling author. If it feels right, start your sentence with and. And starting it with but is okay too. But, as I said, only if it feels right. (Your high school English teacher who taught otherwise didn’t know shit from fava beans). Please, though, […]

7. The nuts and bolts of the writing process.

#7. How to write your best selling novel, by a best selling author. While any number of people will tell you they have a great idea for a book (yes, yes, we’ve established that), a reasonable percentage of folks are aware that getting started ain’t easy. Indeed, as Stephen King said, “The scariest moment is […]

4. Send your empathy muscle to the gym.

Empathy is to the writer what a spirit level is to a builder. It’s very difficult to construct a story that won’t fall over without it; an essential tool of the trade

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6. 40 Words on Grammar.

#6. How to write your best selling novel, by a best selling author. If it feels right,...

7. The nuts and bolts of the writing process.

#7. How to write your best selling novel, by a best selling author. While any number of...

Kingdom Come. The New Vin Cooper Thriller is Getting Closer

Hoping to get it on the ebook/print on demand shelves in time for Thanksgiving....

5. My own personal secret herbs and spices of how to write.

Is there a secret to this writing game? Maybe. Here’s mine. You’ve written your...

4. Send your empathy muscle to the gym.

Empathy is to the writer what a spirit level is to a builder. It’s very difficult to construct a story that won’t fall over without it; an essential tool of the trade

A good ‘ol Georgia home cookin’ – the Trial of Midnight Rider

In the history of filmmaking, there have been many deaths on set. But not a single film...

3. Character, and a little more about plot.

Character before plot? Plot before character? Chicken before egg? I’ve come down on the character side of the coin because I think it’s true that people remember characters more clearly and evocatively than they ever remember plot

2. Do you have a backbone?

Write out your book first in outline. Knowing the journey your characters will take – the beginning, the middle and the end – is too critical to ignore.

1. What’s your idea for your book? But first, what’s an idea?

Having an idea is fundamental to the writing process. Without one, trust me, all you’ll be doing is corralling a bunch of words on the page and hoping they lead somewhere cohesive. As they say, good luck with that.

Introduction: How to write your best selling book, by a best selling author.

Let’s assume you really do have a best selling book in you. I’m gonna help you write it with a series of posts aimed at the first time novelist. David Rollins.