Welcome To My World!

This is where I keep all my fiction (novels, storytelling podcast, short and flash-fiction). Feel free to dig around.

If you fancy a chat, join the very occasional mailing list, get in touch directly or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime, put your feet up and enjoy the latest collections: So You’re Dead… Now What? and I Didn’t Do It!

Storytelling Podcast

Almost there… In a few weeks (give or take) I’ll be launching the 100% Waffle Free Storytelling Podcast. Put the kettle on. I’ll be with you in a bit…

Blog: Journey Notes for Writers

The blog is where you’ll find random fiction with notes from my own writer’s journey. I’ve been working on cracking fiction since 2003 (I KNOW! Some people take longer than others), so by now I keep things pretty practical and real. There might be something here that can help you along the road. I don’t often send emails out, but you’re welcome to join the mailing list if you fancy. Ways to search the blog:

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When you’ve been working on a number of projects for what seems like years, you’ll try anything to get traction and move forward. That’s what humans do.

Trouble is, we don’t focus on one thing and work it to the end. We try a dozen things at once!

Ever decided that you wanted to lose a bit of weight? Have you ever just stopped eating too much? No, you’ve bought books, gone to therapy, started a bunch of prescribed diets, maybe gone to the gym, fretted about standing on the scales every day… When all you had to do was burn more than you consumed.

But when you really want to do something and you can’t get traction, you look for any and all solutions. And in case one doesn’t work, you run two or three or six in parallel.

In the writing world, that means working on non-fiction, short stories, a screenplay, the novel, building a website, going on courses, doing research for everything…

All you really need to do is sit down, chill out a bit, focus on the most important piece of work, get that done AND OUT THERE, and then move onto the next thing.

Now, once you’re in the flow of writing and you have a few projects out the door, then knock your blue spotted socks off and multi-task. But when you have too much going on and aren’t finishing anything, don’t do it. Just don’t risk it. Don’t overload yourself.

Most likely, you already have a day job along with a pile of other family commitments, so it makes perfect sense for your mind to shut down when you try to pile half a dozen writing projects into the mix.

Choose ONE project. Get it finished. Move to the next one.

Now, your natural instinct might be to say that your novel or non-fiction book is the most important thing. But it might not be! It might be the half dozen stories that are almost ready for sale. Maybe it’s the Kindle book you published but haven’t pushed.

The mental pressure of unfinished work builds a barrier distracting you from moving on. So work out what unfinished work might be blocking your flow and get it done.

Philip Roth said: “The road to hell is paved with Works-In-Progress!”

I’m inclined to agree!

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