Writing Articles

Fictional London – a travel/writing blog

September 16, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Note: My blogs Visiting London, London Architecture, and Factual London are about factual London. This one is about fictional London. The present blog is about fictional London, that is, the London that figures as the setting for my two latest stories, The Alpha’s Edge and Buy Me Love. I thought... read more

Short Stories: Idea Size Matters

April 13, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Last week I was on the phone with an editor discussing one of my short stories The Alpha’s Edge. She told me that when she hears a novelist say, “I want to write short stories” – mostly for the purpose of getting more material out into the marketplace quickly – she... read more

naming characters

Naming Characters: Three Tips

December 21, 2015 5:35 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Naming Characters Tip #1. Don’t give characters names that begin with the same initial. If you have two characters Richard and Robert, it’s going to be difficult for your readers to tell them apart when reading at normal speed. It will not help to change their names to, say, Rick... read more