Fictional characters: are fantastical superhumans and supernatural beings more fun to read than gritty, real life people?
Tue 21 Jan 2020

I believe there are two types of fiction readers.  Those that prefer gritty, realistic characters and/or situations, and those that prefer made up fantasies. Stephen King is at one end of the spectrum here.  King’s characters – even his supernatural ones – are very, very human.  They are ordinary human beings put in extraordinary situations. …

Nineteen Rules of Writing
Mon 14 Oct 2019

At the time of writing, I have published exactly three books: a photographic manual, a work of fiction, and a very ill-fated memoir*.  Yay, go me.  I am by no means an expert.  Not in the slightest.  I’m so green and wet behind the ears I’m ‘precious’.   Yet, people ask me all the time “Hey,…

Mon 07 Oct 2019

On Chuck Close and Finding Inspiration. We all know (of) the greatest fear of the writer:  the blank page.  And my blank page was beating the crap out of me the last few days.  Two weeks ago Defining Giulia went out to Beta-readers, and the ball is out of my court.  And while I actually…

Sun 14 Oct 2018

The pleasure of writing wrongly. English is not my first language. While I have completely anglicised, my mother tongue is Afrikaans.  Out of my three serious relationships, my first two were with Afrikaans girls.  I only changed my home language to English once I met Andrea, and we moved in together. Having said that, I…

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