Time frames in novels, and particularly when writing a series, as I do with the DI Andy Horton novels, are a tricky thing. There is ‘real time’ and there is ‘fictional time’.
In ‘real time’ I write two DI Horton novels a year whereas in ‘fictional time’ the current novels are set over a period of sixteen months, which means there are an awful lot of murders in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, making it… Continue
Added by Pauline Rowson on November 12, 2013 at 9:18pm —
Morning chores. Getting the kids dressed and off to school or other activities. Work. Dentist and doctor appointments. After school activities. Laundry. Meal preparation. House cleaning. Car maintenance. Social time. Shopping for groceries and other essentials. Church. Lawn maintenance. Date night with the spouse or with… Continue
Added by Stephen Brayton on December 7, 2012 at 4:36pm —
Dale Brown is the well-known author many aviation techno-thriller novels, including a widely popular series centered around the retired Air Force Lieutenant-General Patrick McLanahan. He has thirteen New York Times best sellers under his belt and… Continue
Added by Ehsan Ehsani on April 24, 2012 at 6:30am —
Added by Ed Casas on July 21, 2011 at 3:30am —
Time frames in novels, and particularly when writing a crime series, are a tricky thing. There is 'real time' and then there is 'fictional time'. In 'real time’ I write one DI Horton a year whereas in ‘fictional time’ the novels are currently set over a period of a year. Continue
Tide of Death,…
Added by Pauline Rowson on June 6, 2011 at 5:41pm —
On the Road Again
In my dreams, a week dances tantalizingly just over the horizon. This week is filled with nothing. No appointments, no road trips, no phone calls. In my dream, I work at one of my three computers (the sitting down at the desk one, the standing up when my back is tired one, and the go-anywhere laptop one) all day, every day, and at the end of the… Continue
Added by Peg Herring on March 7, 2011 at 10:10pm —
Tickets are now on sale for my event at the exciting and vibrant Isle of Wight Festival in April. You can read about my event and other events taking place over the weekend of 15-17 April at Ventnor on the Isle of Wight on the website, but below is a… Continue
Added by Pauline Rowson on February 28, 2011 at 6:35pm —
So I have the idea. I do some research. I work it up into an outline plot with a smattering of characters and then I start writing. This is when it gets messy.
1. The brain dump or free flow
First up is the free flow type of writing when I'm eager to bring the idea and characters to life by getting words and actions on to my computer screen as quickly as possible. Often these are not the correct words, the description is hazy, the characters not fully formed, the grammar and… Continue
Added by Pauline Rowson on February 1, 2011 at 1:41am —
LINK TO TODAY'S COLUMN - http://exm.nr/KforKeepWriting
As writers, we all say that we will keep writing. Oh yeah, write every day. Some of us do and some of us don't. I decided this would make a great topic for my column today in the Las Vegas edition of Examiner.com. Those of you… Continue
Added by Morgan St. James on January 21, 2011 at 9:02am —
Added by Morgan St. James on January 15, 2011 at 2:00am —
JERUSALEM — Time was anyone with an interest in the Middle East could be guaranteed a couple of books a year would be brought out by U.S. journalists based in the region. Now many of those correspondents are history, with news bureaus closing and those that remain cutting back. The new books written by Americans tend to be by think-tank types or others whose agenda is hard to figure out.
But you know that already. It’s one reason you’re reading GlobalPost, which was founded… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on June 20, 2010 at 9:19pm —
I've never been much for sob stories. Of course, great literature tends to be tragic, and some of those stories are on my list of all-time favorites. I love reading versions of the King Arthur legend, for example, but I know that I'll be sad at the end because that "fleeting wisp of glory" could not sustain itself in the face of Man's corruption.
The best tragedies offer us some kind of hope, but even so, as I've gotten older, I find myself reading fewer books that I know can't end… Continue
Added by Peg Herring on May 19, 2010 at 10:26pm —
Added by Matt Rees on February 27, 2010 at 5:01pm —
The dead man's mother raged and cried as she told me how she’d discovered her son’s body, in the cabbage patch outside her home. She’d gone down on her knees, she said, touched his blood and wiped her fingers on her face and called out that God is most great.
As the wind came winter cold off the Judean Desert, I watched her weep and thought: “I have to write a novel about this.”
Forgive me if that sounds heartless, but I’m a… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on February 25, 2010 at 4:52pm —
One of the great pleasures of life as a writer is being paired with interesting authors when you speak at book fairs. (It's also an occasional rough ride when you find yourself stuck with a bum who can't write, but I'm being nice here so I won't go into any of those.) The most delightful fellow I've ever met in this way is Duncan Campbell, with whom I was paired at the book fair in his native Edinburgh two years ago. He also happens to be the British crime writer with the best knowledge of… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on February 24, 2010 at 4:09am —
My family has been snowed in six days. Today, a second blizzard is dumping another two feet of the white stuff. With Jack, my husband, immersed in his imaginary world of HO-scale trains; and Tristan, my son, conquering empires in the world of Wii, I should have the first draft of the great American mystery novel completed by the time we’re dug out around Easter. Don’t you think?
When it comes to explaining my lack of progress, I… Continue
Added by Lauren Carr on February 12, 2010 at 1:59am —
There isn't enough time in the day. You all know I'm hard at work on the sequel to HER HIGHNESS, which is moving at a snail's pace for some reason. But then I get into my old computer files for some reason and stumble onto other projects, some barely started, some almost done.
Gee, that was a good idea. Why didn't I finish it? Oh, right. I was stuck on motive. Oh, and that one's nice, too. I was going to work on the characters, get them some depth. Oh, that clever idea for a plot… Continue
Added by Peg Herring on November 10, 2009 at 9:27pm —
In my writing workshops, I always advise letting a piece "rest" in a drawer or file somewhere for an extended time when it's finished, and I just proved to myself once more the value of that practice. There's something about stepping away that clarifies things: plot flaws solve themselves, characters solidify, and bits that nail the thing together grow between the cracks and almost insert themselves.
My WIP for October is the sequel to HER HIGHNESS' FIRST MURDER, which has been… Continue
Added by Peg Herring on October 8, 2009 at 10:01pm —
I'd never used the word "ancillary" in my life until my first publishing days. Now I know and sometimes dread the word. Every job has aspects to it that outsiders don't know about or assume are done by someone else. Writers have a ton of ancillary tasks that not only aren't as much fun as writing, they actually take away from writing time.
First, of course is promotion, but there are a thousand things that come up. In my head I keep saying, "Maybe next week I can get back to my WIP."… Continue
Added by Peg Herring on September 30, 2009 at 1:49am —
I did a workshop on Saturday and as usual got the question, "Do you set regular writing hours for yourself?"
I always answer yes, but the sign on the door of my writing "business" would have to have some disclaimers:
M-F 7:00-11:00* ** *** ****
*-ish. If things are going well, I might continue until suppertime. If not, I wander the house from 9:30 on, doing little non-writing tasks and hoping the muse gets her butt back into the chair soon.
** Of… Continue
Added by Peg Herring on September 28, 2009 at 10:18pm —