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That Coming Alive Moment

I was asked a very good question at a book talk this week - 

Why do so many journalists go on to become authors? 

There are many theories and thoughts, but here's mine, and I wonder if it holds an important lesson for writers.

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Why a picture of pipes and wires? Because this, the wisdom of the internet tells me, is a conduit. 

And when you become a conduit as an author, that's a big moment. 

You spend months planning the book and the characters, the settings, the twists and turns, and then you start to... Read more

The Fraudster Factor

There's an unpleasant feeling which can sometimes come calling for a writer, and it paid me a visit this week. 

I think of it as the fraudster factor. 

I've had a great few days. I've done a couple of events talking about the new book, Justice Mirror, and also some teaching (thanks to everyone who came along for our Novel Writing weekend in Herne Bay) - 

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(Some lovely smiles, and I don't think they're all faked.) 

Anyhow, despite everything going well, I've still had this nagging voice whispering slyly in my ear - 

Who are you... Read more

That Reading Aloud Moment

I've heard some authors say they get the most nervous when reading aloud from their books. 

Not me. I love it. In fact, it's one of my favourite parts of giving a talk. 

I suspect that even shows in this picture from the launch of my new book, The Justice Mirror - 

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On a practical level, I like giving a reading because it's one of the few parts of a talk when I know exactly what's coming next. 

But from the mandatory more arty, wafty, writerly creative type angle, it's also about the only time... Read more

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