Category Archives: Novels

Don’t Polish The Turd, And Other Oddball Writing Advice That Works

"Don't Polish The Turd," And Other Oddball Writing Advice That Works Even with a dozen published books to my name, I sometimes need a dose of inspiration when I sit down to write. Above my desk, I've posted a paper with various pieces of fiction-writing wisdom I've collected over the years. Some of the advice may sound odd, but I've found it all helpful. Here it is: 1. Write as if no one's reading.

How To Find The Novel That Only You Can Write

How To Find The Novel That Only You Can Write Most people think writing a novel is just writing. I have lost count of the number of people who say “I want to write a novel” and think that they will just sit down, put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, and the whole thing will just unfold before them. I’ve read a few novels, they think, why can’t I write one? If only it were that easy! The process of writing any story is exactly that, a process. And whether you are tackling a novel, a short story, an essay or a non-fiction book, you need to begin by planning your story. This is the most ignored stage in the writing process, and yet it is by far the most important.

Interview with Suspense Author Peter Abrahams

Interview with Suspense Author Peter Abrahams Peter Abrahams is the author of thirteen novels, including "The Tutor," (Ballantine Books) "A Perfect Crime," (Ballantine Books), "The Fan" (Fawcett Books), and most recently, "Their Wildest Dreams" (Ballantine Books). Known for his sharp wit and incredible gift for keeping readers on the edge of their seats, Abrahams has been entertaining readers for more than two decades--spinning multi-layered tales involving ordinary people who find themselves in horrific situations. Nominated for the Edgar Award, and known for his memorable, unique characters, colorful writing style, and non-stop suspense, Peter Abrahams seems to have it all--even the praise of horror author Stephen King. Here is what he had to tell Writer's Break. THE INTERVIEW WB: What formal training did you have before becoming an author? Peter: I had little formal training.

Why Does My Cat Bite My Hand When I Stroke Her?

Why Does My Cat Bite My Hand When I Stroke Her? You have settled into your favorite armchair, perhaps reading the final chapters of a gripping novel. Suddenly you are aware of the imploring stare of your cat sitting at your feet. You invite her onto your lap. Gently you begin to stroke her and your cat signals her appreciation with an audible purr. One hand holding your book the other hand continuing to pet your mouser, you again get lost in your novel.

Handling Rejection

Handling Rejection Everybody suffers rejection at some time or another in their life. The first step in handling rejection is to recognise that rejection is a necessary part of our private and professional lives. No success is achievable without encountering rejection of some form along the way. It encourages us to hone our skills. Let me use an example.

Reality Checked – Book Review

Reality Checked - Book Review Reality Checked – Life through Death, is a moving saga about finding meaning in a world of suffering and pointless hate based on the color of skin. Former school teacher and Theologist, Victor Waller has incorporated many of life’s issues through the lives of his characters who were forced to make decisions in hopeless situations. Racism, revenge and hate are rampant in this book. Domestic abuse and the dangers hidden within our society’s foster care system are also addressed. There is only one main character – Catherine Brown – along with a host of supporting characters.