Why people talk about the death of the book. There’s no reason why folk can’t love both e-books and “real” books. Both have their place.
How I can get on and write short stories and novels but when it comes to preparing a synopsis I struggle. The only comfort I have here is almost every writer feels the same way about this. I know it isn’t just me!
Why my spell and grammar checker doeesn’t seem to accept the word “their” or “theirs”. I can’t think of any good reason behind this.
Why people debate character versus plot. For any story to work properly, you need both. A good plot with a dull character fails. A good character in a dull plot also fails.
How it always takes longer than you think to back up disks.
Why genre fiction, especially fantasy and science fiction, is looked down on. I can understand people not liking it - we all have our own tastes - but to despise work just because it’s genre seems pointless to me. If you’re going to despise anything, do it for a good reason. Oh and the literary luvvies would do well to remember it is commercial fiction, a lot of this being genre, that keeps the publishing industry going and funds their work.
Where all my bookmarks go…
Why I never have as much time for reading as I’d like.
Why I tend to go through “gluts” - gluts of reading history, fantasy, short stories and so on.
How I get through biros and pencils in no time at all…
Why I love fairytales as much as I do, it’s enough that I do. It’s kind of okay to have this attitude as a child. At my age, it gets you labelled a geek. Not that I care. Geeks at least take an interest in something in life!
Pinpointing the exact moment my novels come to life. I sense a “build up” and then the story and characters “take over” and it’s then I know I have something. Something that is live. Something that can be worked on. Something that has promise. I love those moments.
Why when loved ones catch you staring into space, it somehow doesn’t seem like you’re working! Never despise thinking time. Doing boring jobs such as housework can be useful for giving your mind time to think so that when it comes to writing, you can get right down to the practical stuff far more quickly.