July 2014

Descriptive writing

I’m currently writing a book which is set on a mythical island somewhere in the South Pacific. (Albatross is the working title of the novel). I want the island to be large enough for the islanders to be self-sufficient, but small enough so the rest of the world would leave them alone. I need the climate to be pleasant enough so that daily life is not a struggle. It would be better if there were no indigenous mammals (for various plot reasons.) Before the internet, such a setting would probably have been impossible without the author either visiting somewhere similar,…

Finishing a book

I’ve had a reasonable level of success writing non-fiction. As my agent reminded me a few weeks ago, non-fiction is “where the money is” and I have to agree that my experience to date suggests that most writers will only make money through ventures other than writing fiction. I’ve met countless authors whose work I admire who earn their crust teaching, not writing. Non-fiction however, is a way to earn a reasonable living, though it’s still a struggle. But it was always my dream to write fiction, and I realised about two years ago that as long as I carry…

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