Writing structure: the suspension bridge

Reading Time: 2 minutes Today, I’m mostly working on structuring the novella I’ve been writing for the past couple of months. Having just completed a second draft, where I was focused on narrative voice, really getting the writing right – finding the voice I want and making sure that it’s consistent, which is an issue as I sometimes struggle with stamina, I want to make the reader’s experience structurally just as good. James Scott Bell introduced me to the idea of the three act structure in his book Writing Fiction for All You’re Worth: Strategies and Techniques for Taking Your Fiction to the Next …

Review: The Passage (Justin Cronin) 5/5

Reading Time: 3 minutes This is an absolutely stunning novel. I loved it, every moment of it. I was given it by a colleague who thought it would be exactly my kind of thing, knowing that I love thick, gothic, supernatural fiction, and she was absolutely right. It’s amazing, a book I literally couldn’t stop reading – every spare moment – and I pretty much picked up the second one immediately. Definitely go and read it now. Spoilers below. It’s told in such an interesting way – starting off with a series of medical experiments, designed as a combination of ways to extend human …

Introducing the Chronology Protection Agency…

Reading Time: 2 minutes For a couple of months I’ve been working on a novella introducing characters and a world that I’m really excited about. The Chronology Protection Agency is inspired by Stephen Hawking’s metaphor suggesting that there is an organisation which keeps time safe: It seems that there is a Chronology Protection Agency which prevents the appearance of closed timelike curves and so makes the universe safe for historians. The CPA series is set in a version of our world in which time travel is possible, has been discovered and widespread but international agreements have regulated travel, for the good of humanity. Jefferson Murphy is bright, …

It’s been a while…

Reading Time: 2 minutes Some days, the writing really just *works* and it feels great, and you have what people call ‘flow’. Some days, it’s harder – you can’t find the words, everything feels like a struggle and everything you write leaves you with the feeling that this, right here, is the worst written sentence not just that you have ever written but in the history of writing. The best days are the ones where the writing is hard, but it works. Those are the days that feel the most worthwhile, the most productive, where you’re working well and can see how it will continue. …

Planning to edit – CPA1

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Saturday before I went away – a very nice long weekend in Whitby, beautiful sunshine, lovely hotel, good food, great company – I finished the first draft of what I’ve workingly-titled ‘CPA-1′. Finishing it before the holiday meant I had a few days’ solid break from working on it, which I find useful before editing. I like first drafts but revising and reworking is often a lot harder for me, as I find it challenging to see it as a reader rather than a writer. Putting it onto my kindle as a book really helped as I was able …

Free short story this weekend

Reading Time: 1 minute Blank for your message is a short story, free this weekend on Amazon for kindle. There’s always been something odd, something unusual about the card shop on the high street. Rumour has it that if you buy from there, you won’t always get what you were looking for – and sometimes, you will get what you didn’t even know you wanted.