Everybody’s free (to be freelance)

It’s approaching eight months since I gave up my office job and became a freelancer. For lots of people, I think, the freelance life is one of the big attractions of becoming a writer – I know it was for me. So what’s it really like working for yourself? Freelancing has its ups, its down,…

The Slow Train

When is it good to write slowly? I’ve talked about NaNoWriMo a few times on here. This is because I do think it’s really valuable to let go of your inner editor and write like the wind. Especially if you need to start – or finish – your first book, I highly recommend this technique…

Pre-publication Paranoia

As a soon-to-be-published writer, people often ask me: what’s it like waiting for your book to come out? Actually, that’s not true at all. No one often asks me anything, and never this. But people do ask, ‘When’s the book coming out?’, and when I say February, they say, ‘Oh, you must be excited’. To…