Tag Archives: getting published

#34 Googling

I have a recurring dream in which the CIA or MI6 burst into my flat and pin me to the ground because I am a suspect in some investigation on the basis of some weird combination of searches I have … Continue reading

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#28 go on holiday

For aspiring writers, the holiday is often the time when they take a break from their day to day job and spend some time writing. For me, the holiday is an excellent opportunity for writing avoidance.  This year I have … Continue reading

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#26 Watch the European Championships

There’s never been a better excuse for avoiding a bit of writing than watchIng a major football tournament. Attending the competition in perso is obviously the best option, hanging out in bars with other supporters enjoying the atmosphere of the … Continue reading

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#22 Get the first rejection letter

Yippee,  I’ve got my first rejection letter. No really, this is a landmark. It means that I’ve actually written a novel sent it to an agent, someone has read the first five chapters, synopsis and cover letter and taken the … Continue reading

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#20 Take to the streets in protest

About three million Brazilians reportedly took to the streets today to protest against the government and corruption. Today I was looking after my daughter so I didn’t go in person but last year the protest I attended not only provided … Continue reading

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#19 follow the US presidential race.

To be honest, it’s pretty difficult to avoid the US presidential campaign at the moment. Trump provides such great entertainment for everyone.  He even features in my daughter’s school assembly. It seems astonishing sometimes who the  US populus are willing … Continue reading

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#18 Avoid the Zika virus

Public health campaigns have gone into overdrive as back yards all over the country are searched for standing water which might harbour the larvae of the mosquito responsible for spreading the latest threat to humanity, the Zika virus. The virus … Continue reading

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#17 Get Married

Getting married offers a plethora of opportunities to avoid writing while still exercising your creative juices. First there’s the proposal which offers a range of interesting possibilities. For example, I considered proposing through the medium of Karaoke but in the … Continue reading

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#16 write a cover letter and a synopsis

If you haven’t avoided writing enough and you’ve actually finished your novel then the next step is to send it to an agent. One of the best ways to go about this is to get hold of a copy of … Continue reading

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#2 Start a blog

So while I wait for my girlfriend to read the first novel and allow time to create that all important distance I need to go back to it and edit with fresh eyes, I should of course be getting on … Continue reading

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