Editing on paper

Lately I’ve been in editing mode. It’s not my strongest area, so I felt I should try to get to grips with it more. Writers often become blinded to their own words; familiarity with the piece and also the fact that we know what we meant to write contributes to this a lot.

The first story I looked at had already been through quite a few “edit cycles” so I was fairly confident of its quality. Rather than follow my usual work pattern I thought I’d Continue reading “Editing on paper”

Scrivener auto-save blues (reprise)

I recently updated to the latest version of Scrivener for Windows. Scrivener is a word processor aimed at creative writers and has great support for the kind of unstructured work many writers undertake. For me it’s probably the best piece of writers’ software currently out there. Though not necessarily perfect.

I discovered one of Scrivener’s “foibles” shortly after my initial purchase and installation. It was incredibly slow. I installed it on a computer that had no problem running any other software including traditionally “weighty” apps such as photo and video editing software, 3D modelling , databases and similar. Scrivener crawled along like a spider trapped in prehistoric amber. It was so slow as to be virtually unusable.

Naturally I contacted the support team and Continue reading “Scrivener auto-save blues (reprise)”

Anne McCaffrey gone

It was with great sadness that I read about Anne McCaffrey dying. Another creative giant has gone, leaving the world just that little less rich.

Although probably best known for her Pern/Dragon series, they weren’t among my favorites.  This doesn’t diminish the books in any way, of course; we all have our own unique likes and dislikes which is what makes life so incredibly vibrant.  Anne McCaffrey added to this with everything she wrote. Continue reading “Anne McCaffrey gone”


I currently have ideas on tap for about a dozen or so short stories, at least the same amount of novels (in multiple genres) and a whole gaggle of other ideas just buzzing around in the boundary between consciousness and it’s ‘sub’ alter-ego.

Sometimes I can place exactly where the ideas for the various stories come from and other times not. I’ve had several occasions when I have dreamed entire stories and woken with the whole thing laid out in front of me (in a mental not literal sense).

Where do these ideas come from? I really don’t know, but there seems to be a virtually inexhaustible supply. The problem I have is not so much getting the ideas, so much as getting them down and working them into a physical story: actual words-on-paper (or its digital equivalent).

Heaven to me would be 24 hours each and every single day writing and working on writing projects. I’d like not have to sleep too. Sleeping always seems such a waste of time. (I remember watching the X-Files Episode ‘Sleepless’ where one of the characters says in a tortured voice “I haven’t slept for 24 years.” and thinking how good that sounded!).

But if I have to sleep, well, just give me more dream stories 🙂