Monthly Archives: August 2016

Authors Answer 42 – To be PC or not to be PC

I suppose someone had to bring up the subject sometime. Political correctness. Always a touchy subject. For the record, the actual question is: Does political correctness have a place in your writing?

I’m going to give this a cautious no. Cautious, because I don’t go out of my way to insult people or groups of people. I just don’t actively try to avoid it either. Continue reading


Authors Answer 41 – The Big Moment

Ooh, quite an exciting question this week! Well, it was back then…

What was it like when you published your first story?

This is way back in the misty depths of 2013. I’d pitched my book at the grand total of one publishing house and got a resounding ‘no’ (after chasing them), and at that point I decided that I simply didn’t have the patience to do that another god knows how many times. Forever, probably.

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Authors Answer 40 – Difficult Scenes

A pretty straightforward, but quite difficult question this week: What kind of scenes do you find most difficult to write?

The thing is, I’m not sure I have an answer to this. What I find difficult to write depends on how inspired I am (or not), not what it is that I’m working on. I can’t say that I have trouble with dialogue or fights or sex or travel descriptions in particular – sometimes they write themselves and sometimes it takes blood, sweat and tears to get them out on paper.

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Authors Answer 39 – Critique and Writing Groups

At this rate I’ll never catch up. *grumble* I had more visitors this week – my nephew and his girlfriend – but all the family visits are now over for at least two months, so life can get back to normal. More or less. Let’s get this week’s question out of the way at least.

Unfortunately it’s not a particularly inspiring one for me: Do you use critique groups or writer’s groups? Are they helpful?

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Authors Answer 38 – Summer Reading

I’ve still not caught up. >.< It’s also unlikely to happen this week, as my nephew and his girlfriend are coming to visit for a week. Ah well, eventually I will catch up, if it’s the last thing I do!

But over to this week’s question, which is: It’s summer, so what’s on your summer reading list?

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