Phill's Blog

Notes, news & ramblings about writing

Phill's Blog
How I came to write Paradise Girl

I’m lucky to live in a converted farmhouse overlooking the Calder Valley. The views from the house are spectacular, and I spend far to much time each day simply gazing at the scenery. Although the house is on its own land and not close to any others, there’s always some activity to see and hear. […]

March 16, 2017, Phill
Writing is Easy

Writing is easy. Well it is, isn’t it? Of course, I mean the physical process, not the creative one. Developing the theme, plotting, developing convincing characters and expressing all this in a way that will capture readers is as taxing as it must have ever been. Bringing a novel from concept to finished volume demands […]

February 22, 2017, Phill
What ‘Additional Facts’ Really Means

We are privileged to be witnessing the birth of a new world view. It is nothing less than a revolution in how we are expected to respond to events and interpret them as true or false. Until January 20th, 2017, a statement about something that had happened was boringly binary. It was fact or it […]

January 24, 2017, Phill
What’s What in Regulars

People have been taking me to task about my short stories. I say on the 10 Minute Tales page that the free story will change from time to time. However, readers point out that Regulars has been up there for several months. OK, fair cop. I’ve been on the verge of replacing it a few […]

January 4, 2017, Phill
Is Anybody There?

Most creative activities involve other people. Music, drama, painting, sculpture, dance generally either demand collaborators or benefit from them. Writing is different. Linda Grant wrote in The Guardian that writing is ‘an act of severe, intense solitude’. She was referring to the physical process of writing. She is absolutely right but it goes further than that. […]

November 8, 2016, Phill
What’s it all about?

The first thing that most agents, publishers and booksellers ask when they hear you’ve written, are writing or planning to write a novel is, ‘What’s the genre?’ It’s a fair question. Genre defines readership. Publishers want to know what the market is, who is likely to buy a book; booksellers want to know whether to […]

August 8, 2016, Phill