Short Story, Writing

Flash Fiction #vss365 Volume 3

Ummmm, I just realised that it's been almost three weeks since my last flash fiction volume. I need to post these more regularly otherwise there will be hundreds of little stories for you all to read in one go. As before all the stories are written in response to a daily prompt word and found… Continue reading Flash Fiction #vss365 Volume 3

Writing

Flash Fiction #vss365 Volume 2

Since my 2nd July post - Flash Fiction #vss365 - I have continued writing daily little snippets under the #vss365 hashtag and posting them on Twitter. Some days I got carried away and wrote multiple stories lol. Here they are for you to enjoy: Prompt: Equanimous She stood under the outstretched arms of Cristo Redentor. She… Continue reading Flash Fiction #vss365 Volume 2

Writing

Flash Fiction #vss365

I've been taking part in the #vss365 writing game on Twitter recently. This is where you are given a prompt and have to write a flash fiction piece incorporating the prompt word and fit it within a tweet, which is not a lot, only 280 characters, about the size of this paragraph. I'll be collating… Continue reading Flash Fiction #vss365

Short Story, Writing

Behind Closed Doors – Short Story

My Latest short story Behind Closed Doors. This one was a little different for me to write as I went into it without knowing where I'd end up. Normally before writing, I'd have an outline with an endpoint in mind. It was very strange. You'll have to let me know how successful I was. As… Continue reading Behind Closed Doors – Short Story

Short Story, Writing

Gang Aft A-gley – Short Story

If you prefer to read offline you can download a PDF copy of this story here. Gang Aft A-gley - Short Story   The meteoroid streaked across the twilight sky, a dark smoky trail following, stretching across the horizon, breaking up the orange, red, blue and purple shades of the setting sun. Vehicles stopped, and… Continue reading Gang Aft A-gley – Short Story

Published, Writing

Paul Blake Interviewed

There is more information than you could ever want to know about me in these three interviews. https://www.rebeccayelland.com/blog/author-interview-with-paul-blake In this interview with Rebecca Yelland, I discuss my writing career, how writing affects my family, and other very interesting matters. https://www.mochapman.com/paul-blake-young-mans-game In this interview with Mike Chapman, I discuss A Young Man's Game, my research trip… Continue reading Paul Blake Interviewed

Published, Writing

The Evolution of a Book Cover

I thought my readers would be interested in the various covers I designed and rejected before deciding on the final cover for my novel A Young Man's Game. I knew from the beginning I wouldn't be able to afford for someone to design me a cover. As part of the competition I entered, I knew… Continue reading The Evolution of a Book Cover

Writing

Choosing the Right Name for Your Story

Via http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/titles.shtml This is a really good article about choosing the right title for your stories. It is from the excellent writers' resource - Writing World.com. I found this very useful when thinking about a title for my upcoming novel A Young Man's Game. I hope you find it just as useful. Choosing the Right Name for… Continue reading Choosing the Right Name for Your Story

Writing

Conflict

Via https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2009/03/on-conflict I found this article by Nathan Bransford about Conflict in writing really useful when planning my novel. I planned the chapters around the conflicts the character would have, and when writing the story I kept in mind the ethos of this piece. Nathan's book How to Write a Novel is a great resource that… Continue reading Conflict

Writing

Five Rules for Writing Thrillers

Via http://davidmorrell.net/on-writing/writing-advice/ I have submitted the completed manuscript of my novel: A Young Man's Game and I thought I'd share an article by the amazing David Morrell (One of my favourite writers) that really helped me in the initial planning stages. If you're going to write a thriller novel you should really learn from the best.… Continue reading Five Rules for Writing Thrillers