The hermit-like life of the writer

When I was in primary school, we studied the fascinating story of Simeon Stylites. It was one in of those weird comprehension books we did at my small rural primary, that possibly every other school had left behind in the sixties (The fact it was called New Worlds to Conquer convinces me more of this)….

Habits of the lesser-spotted writer

This week is my first as a proper writer. I spent the last two at my laptop, hammering out edits and gripped with fear it will all be rubbish. Now that’s done – for now – I have time. The next book isn’t due for a while and I’ve already finished the first draft. What…

The algebra of edits

A few weeks ago I got the list of edits for my book. A big page of things I need to change, ridiculous repetitions (I’ve mentioned Nancy Drew, like, five times), and plain stupid mistakes  (like saying something happened six weeks before when it was more like six months. DUH!)  Not easy to look it,…