How to be a Great Writer

I was having a conversation about Detective Fiction with a friend of mine recently. He brought up the fact, apparently well known in detective fiction circles, that the mobile phone is killing detective plots. Writers are tying themselves in knots trying to invent situations in which their characters are unable to make phone calls: theyContinue reading “How to be a Great Writer”

How Long does it Take to Write a Novel?

The answer? Fifteen days, twenty hours and fifty five minutes. I know that because I finished Dream Paris yesterday and I’ve been clocking the time I spent working on the novel. The time includes the writing of the first draft of the novel and three redrafts: first redraft, the second following feedback from my wifeContinue reading “How Long does it Take to Write a Novel?”