Pauline Rowson's Blog – February 2010 Archive (5)

Pauline Rowson's Ten Rules for Writing

I pinched this idea from recent articles in the Guardian where a number of writers are penning their ten rules for writing. I thought I'd add mine.

1 Always have a pencil and paper with you, in every handbag, shopping bag or pocket.

2. Travel by public transport, you see and meet some great characters for novels.

3. Earwig other people's conversations…


Added by Pauline Rowson on February 24, 2010 at 2:30am — 13 Comments

What it takes to write your way to the top

Yesterday I saw Fame the musical performed by STP Musicals at Fareham’s Ferneham Hall, Hampshire. I’m a great fan of musicals and being a former dancer I also adore the dance scenes. But the reason for me going to see Fame this time round had more to do with my niece appearing in the production than a desire to see the musical for itself. What struck me though, while watching this highly professional performance, was that although I’d seen the film of…


Added by Pauline Rowson on February 21, 2010 at 1:57am — 6 Comments

The strange world of PR, vital to authors

The strange world of PR is always looking for angles, because it's the strongest angle that will grab the headline, or at least get some coverage in the media. And authors need PR as much as actors, artists, and anyone else in the creative industries.

Press, or rather I should say media coverage is a hugely cost effective way of spreading a message, and now with the multitude of Internet media it is even more powerful. But there is a vast difference between pumping…


Added by Pauline Rowson on February 15, 2010 at 11:19pm — 2 Comments

How do you decide on a title for your novels?

With great difficulty or considerable ease is the answer. Some titles can come instantly, almost the moment the novel hits the page (or rather the computer screen) Dead Man's Wharf was one such case. Others are like pregnancy, taking months to develop and even when the novel is finished I might still have no idea for a suitable title. A bit like the Horton novel I'm currently working…


Added by Pauline Rowson on February 8, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Location research for the next Inspector Horton crime novel

I've been doing a spot of location research for the Inspector Horton crime novel I am currently writing, which will be number six in the marine mystery crime series. (Called marine mysteries because they are all set against the backdrop of the sea).

This Horton novel is again based in Portsmouth and the surrounding harbours at Portsmouth and Langstone, and this time also around the historic and splendid ruins of Portchester Castle.… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on February 4, 2010 at 1:39am — No Comments

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