Posts by matthew


19. Getting ‘The Question’


Posted By on Jun 16, 2015

  Getting ‘The Question’ – And whether to lie: The list of things no one told me continues to grow, but an interesting one is how to react when an interested blogger or keen-eyed literary journalist turns to you at your first PR event, drink in hand, and utters the seemingly innocent icebreaker… ‘So, what do you read?’ Be prepared. Especially if, like me, you have something to hide. And a mouthful of mushroom voulevant. So…...

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18. Getting one thing straight


Posted By on Mar 10, 2015

Getting one thing straight – The known unknowns: Another thing no one told me was pick a genre! As far as I’d paid any attention I thought the prevailing advice was, write what you know. Or write what you read. Or was it choose your favourite author and emulate? The best advice, commercially, is see what sells and write that, with steroids. I haven’t had any creative writing teaching since GCSE English, so don’t ask me. I just wrote...

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17. Getting to the end


Posted By on Mar 10, 2015

Getting to the end – The unknown unknowns: One thing no one told me when I started out, or what I failed to ask because I had no idea I was writing a novel, was how to stop! To those of you out there who are struggling to finish a novel, I sympathise, but for me the problem was stopping. Like many writers I have an unpublished novel in the memory-stick equivalent of the dusty drawer. That first unpublished book ended up over 160,000...

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16. Getting Distracted


Posted By on Feb 26, 2015

Getting distracted – Or what to play while the book is away: Like suddenly finding yourself alone in the house for a week, there came periods of time when the manuscript was off being read, critiqued, edited, touted, and I found myself staring down the rabbit hole with nothing to write. I don’t do boredom well. The temptation to drown myself in the stack of books waiting to be read, or the next DVD box set, becomes overwhelming and...

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15. Getting Published (Part 4)


Posted By on Jan 30, 2015

Getting Published (Part 4) – Finish line serendipity: The day finally arrives… PUBLICATION! Transition from aspiring writer to published author! The day before I’d been into the wonderful Goldsboro Books in London to sign 100 copies (without fluffing any) but on Thursday 5th June 2014 my book was finally published. Through pure serendipity this was also our tenth wedding anniversary, and while the bookshops were opening their...

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