Archive | August, 2011

25 August 2011 3 Comments

More Passion!

British Prime Minister David Cameron recently invited Tracey Emin, a purveyor of work which is shit even by the standards of contemporary art, to produce something – they probably call it “an installation” – for Number 10, Downing Street. Emin, who won the Turner Prize for exhibiting her own used-condom-strewn bed some years ago, is […]

18 August 2011 0 Comments

Lazy Writers and Productive Creatives

There are lazy writers, writers who can’t say no, and then there are creative people who are able to combine their muse with their media. I’ve discovered this in recent months a couple of different ways. First, on a recent book tour, I spent a week at a book festival where I was together with […]

12 August 2011 9 Comments

Mother and baby writing lesson

My wife is in labor. Though by the time you read this, she’ll probably have delivered a baby girl. In days gone by, fathers hung around in the waiting room sharing cigars with new fathers. I’m glad that’s no longer a tradition – if I wanted to suck on something long and dark, I surely […]

7 August 2011 0 Comments

Podcast: How to Write a Book — Structure and Plot

I use my experience as an award-winning writer of nonfiction, crime fiction, and historical thrillers to show how to structure your book and, in the case of fiction, how to lay out your plot. This is the second of three episodes titled How to Write a Book. The next episode will cover writing and editing […]

4 August 2011 4 Comments

Sicko Writing: Is Crime Fiction Too Gory?

When I worked as a journalist at a major US magazine, it was clear that readers didn’t respond to hard news. They wanted features. Not fluffy features. Serious features. But they’d had enough of news stories about what happened that week. What did the editors do? They ordered correspondents to write hard news. Because they […]

1 August 2011 0 Comments

Podcast: How to Write a Book–Research

In the fourth of my podcasts I use my experience as an award-winning writer of nonfiction, crime fiction, and historical thrillers to lay out exactly what you need to do when you research your book. This is the first of three episodes titled How to Write a Book. The next episode will cover structuring, planning […]