Stephen King’s Joyland, and the benefit of hindsight

I recently finished Joyland, by Stephen King. It’s only the second novel of his that I’ve read, the first being 11 22 63. I can’t think why I didn’t start sooner. Neither of these particular examples belong to the genre that King’s most famous for, but each has elements that waive the normal scientific rules … More Stephen King’s Joyland, and the benefit of hindsight

Stuck in the middle

I’ve just reached the middle section of the novel I’m writing. I went through a low point 12,000 words in, when everything felt like an uphill struggle, but then I hit my stride. However, things have slowed up again in the last week. It’s partly the sheer amount of other stuff happening with life in … More Stuck in the middle

Writing Exercises – Five of the Best

In Cambridge, the weather has been like this: Everything is dripping… Nice weather for ducks, snails and slugs, and also for staying indoors, reading and writing.   I’ve been battening down the hatches and eating blackberry and apple crumble. Then, feeling shifty and unproductive, I decided to get focussed and revisit some writing prompts, ready … More Writing Exercises – Five of the Best