Tag Archives: writers’ problems

The honest editor and cognitive bias

In a previous life, I facilitated training sessions on managing obstetric emergencies; clinical skills, teamwork, leadership, decision-making and so on. One of the features of effective decision-making is the awareness of cognitive biases and so we discussed the problems that … Continue reading

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Becoming a writer

I believe I have mentioned my bruising editorial review of The White Lady? It took me nearly three weeks to pluck up courage to read the review properly (my initial reading was a watching-from-behind-the-sofa sort of affair in which I … Continue reading

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The Polish Officer (reading-as-a-writer 2)

View this post on Instagram #justfinishedreading “The Polish Officer” by Alan Furst. To my joy, just one of a dozen or so books by Furst on similar themes; this title published 1995, most recent 2016. Resistance, #espionage, bravery, lust and … Continue reading

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Despair (again)

That last post was terrible! So noisy! So cocksure! Continue reading

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The writer’s task

It is the writer’s job to deal with ambiguity, shades of grey, and the general messiness of life. Continue reading

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Farewell Facebook

How do I quiet the anxious worm that distracts me from the discipline of writing? Continue reading

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Running out of Life

I am already well over twenty years past the average age at which most writers are first published. Continue reading

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Despair and despondency 

These summer months were supposed to be a time of editing and elaboration, fact-checking and polishing but with every book and blog I read I feel a growing sense of inadequacy and futility. Continue reading

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Ten rules for writing fiction 2

Writing novels means the crafty, patient, selfless construction of effects. Continue reading

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Ten rules for writing fiction 1

The first 12 years are the worse. Continue reading

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