I have one writing tip and one writing tip only – what you write and how you write it is entirely up to you (even if it’s bad): Write constantly.

Even if it’s only a 100 words a day, over your lunch break or some other moments of time to yourself, over the space of a year that’s 36,500 words in a year. Double that figure and you have yourself the first draft of a short novel.

Never stop writing. That’s about it, really.

At the moment, it’s the advice I’m taking to plough my way slowly through the first draft of my second novel.


…ever proof your own novel, unless you are incredibly meticulous and even then do so with the most extreme of care.

I’ve noticed lots of small, niggling, bloody irritating typos in the second edition of ‘The Gamblers’. I can’t really put it on Amazon or sort out an eBook until they are all gone.

Time to get back to it

I’ve had plenty of time away from The Gamblers over the Christmas period and it has been very nice, but now it’s time to get back to it. I have stuff I need to do if I am to sell an acceptable amount of novels in 2011.

Firstly, I need to look through my second edition proof asap before it goes up on Amazon. Alas, I’ve already noticed a couple of minor grammatical typos that need correcting, but thus far I haven’t seen anything else.

Once this is done, I need to sort out the ePub file and get it on Amazon. I’ve been putting off the job for a while, but I no longer have any excuses. Amazon is really the place it needs to be if I’m to stand any chance of turning the novel into a success (this is, of course, a matter of personal taste – I know my idea of success is different from that of Dan Brown or Lee Child – but I have a particular sales figure in mind that would please me).