Man vs Purse: There can only be one winner…

Man vs purse (or handbag to my fellow Brits) is an age-old battle fought on many fronts and one that is known to have claimed many casualties… mostly men.

On chatting to Jennifer a fellow blogger, recently, this slightly strange topic was somehow conceived and it was put to me that perhaps man vs purse and its underlying themes should be the subject of a blog post. I really admire Jennifer for her out-of-leftfield and very entertaining, topics, but I never could quite get my head around conjouring one up for myself. So, not wanting to duck an interesting challenge and relishing the idea of writing something a little bit different, I set to work on thinking exactly what are the underling themes? What does man vs purse imply?

Then it struck me. As I said in the introduction, man vs purse is and age-old contest, and when one begins to look properly, underlying themes abound.

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Finding the joy of writing again

So I’ve just been composing a chapter that I had in mind for book one and really wanted to write, but could never squeeze in, which was a shame because the hero saves a whole star system from being discovered by those dastardly Brits and their Royal Navy and everyone cheers and whoops, pats him on the back and gives him their babies to kiss. Great stuff.

Anyway, after looking forward to writing this so much, I’ve somehow managed to find a place for it at the beginning of book two. And I’m very pleased to say that it hasn’t disappointed.

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Don’t let people read any more

I’ve been blogging on and off for about four years; but it’s only recently I’ve started using a tool that I now find to be invaluable.

I’d always known about this gadget and I see it in use a lot, but I never bothered to discover how it works until a fellow blogger mentioned the value she places on it. And once alerted to its usefulness, it instantly became one of those items to always tick-off the ‘before you hit publish’ checklist.

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That’s not lame. That’s brilliant.

WARNING: This post contains profanity and its subject matter may be a small cause for offence. (But it’s quite funny too).

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AUTHORS: Three Circumtances to Let Readers Know You Share Their Frustration

I really like the way this touched on a subject not often mentioned around the blogosphere, so I just had to reblog. Thank you Victoria Grefer for the original.

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

reading-books-at-home-1145735-mThis post is about annoyed readers: specifically, how we authors can “annoy” readers in a way that’s NOT annoying. Or at least, how we can annoy them in a way that they’ll accept and overlook.

Confused yet? Let me explain.

There are times when a necessary aspect of fiction might frustrate or annoy a reader; when authors know that’s the case, a great strategy to approach the troublesome point is to make it obvious that you, the author, feel the same way the reader does.

Remember: this is for necessary aspects of your work that might be annoying or troublesome.

And that is the first point I want to make. Clearly, when some part of your novel or short story is cumbersome, or frustrating, and it is possible to cut it, you cut it. If you can tone it down in any way, throw some of the focus elsewhere, you…

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Get your bloomin’ nonsense out of my comments box (please)

Spam. I don’t get it. I mean, I get the concept of companies endeavouring to sell us stuff by perpetually invading every conceivable orifice of our digital lives; be it inboxes, timelines, newsfeeds or comments boxes. What I don’t get, is exactly what it hopes to achieve and does it really work?

And so, as opposed to my usual material, there’s nothing in this post about getting my book published or interesting writing experiments. There’s also nothing about character naming conundrums or the best/worst way to use an awesome adjective. But there is something about writing. Bad writing. Very, very bad writing. Almost comical writing even. Continue reading