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Can’t help yourself?  Try these reads.

Can’t help yourself? Try these reads.

Say you don’t know how to change a tyre, paint in watercolours or operate a crane?  Well I guarantee you there is a book for that.  How to books date back to the do-it-yourself movement started in 1912.  At this time they were mostly related to house improvement and handy-man activities.  The phenomena soon spread(…)

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The Emoticon Guide to over 350 “said” Words

The Emoticon Guide to over 350 “said” Words

When my ten year old daughter has homework for creative writing she always uses colourful words in place of “said”.  I tell her there is nothing wrong with using said and quickly whip out a J.K. Rowling and show her how it is quite acceptable.  Still it can be overused and doesn’t provide much an(…)

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Personal Conflict: Surviving Outer Space Part 1

Personal Conflict: Surviving Outer Space Part 1

My trilogy The Disciples of Cassini centres around humankind’s quest to colonise space. The story is fuelled by the premise that earth will only be able to support human life for at most another one thousand years.  This assumption comes from the prominent mathematician and physicist Stephen Hawking who said: “We must continue to go into(…)

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Space, the Final Frontier of Book Cover Design

Space, the Final Frontier of Book Cover Design

Sorry, couldn’t help myself with the Star Trek reference in the title of this post. But what Star Trek and book covers have in common is that they both have space. And like the Enterprise orbiting the earth at a height of 430 kms if you don’t zoom in enough on the text of your(…)

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How to ensure you never write a book.

How to ensure you never write a book.

You’ve made up your mind.  After years of procrastination, relentless pacing and telling your friends all about it, you are adamant that you never want to write a book.  Can you just imagine the humiliation of seeing your work in print?  Having someone else read it? Gasp!!  So to help you achieve your goals I want(…)

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The only thing procrastination will lead to is death.

The only thing procrastination will lead to is death.

This morning my good friend James sent me this beautiful image that sums up the way a lot of people feel about the direction of their lives.  It was posted on reddit in a discussion between university students who were confused about their futures. There are so many decisions to make in life that it leads to(…)

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How to create CRAP cover art for your book.

How to create CRAP cover art for your book.

I’ve been motivated to write this post to show all those Indy authors out there how to create a visually robust cover for your book.  You don’t have to be a talent designer or creative artist to make something look professional.  Today I received a mockup version for the cover of my upcoming book, “The(…)

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How to write a piece of cult fiction

How to write a piece of cult fiction

  Many authors most likely dream to attract a cult following for their books.  It guarantees a nice income stream, provides opportunities to license rights for merchandise and of course provides validation that their work is truly loved by others.  But can you start out writing a book with the goal of it attracting such(…)

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Awesome gesture phrases for writing

Awesome gesture phrases for writing

I was watching a quiz show the other evening and the question asked for the phrase “To cock a …” to be completed.  The answer was snook.  I’d never heard of the phrase but it made me think of how difficult it sometimes is to explain in words the gestures your characters are performing in your(…)

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Everything I know about writing I learned from Masterchef

Everything I know about writing I learned from Masterchef

In truth, I didn’t learn to write from watching Masterchef, but I will use it to demonstrate my point in this post. 🙂 In the episode last night, the contestants were asked to recreate a professional dish without a recipe and without being able to see the original.  All they had to go on was(…)

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