This page lists every article in the “writing” category.
My KESTREL technothrillers series is going Kindle-exclusive, for ebooks only, for at least the next few months. There’s still time to get the books on other ebook platforms though!
A brief epistolary tale written for my patrons, about Orkney and in a vaguely Lovecraftian style.
The story of one of the most thoughtful and moving gifts I've ever received.
The title, cover artwork, and some tantalising details about the third book in the KESTREL technothrillers series.
Creating a home office for myself in our new house.
I’ve been alive for forty years.
What I learned while writing my second novel.
TOLL has been well-received, and what I've learned from the reviews so far.
On the joy and percussiveness of typing on a noisy mechanical keyboard.
Using coloured keywords to track points of view in a novel in Ulysses.
Celebrating Europe Day 2018, as I write about a fictional EU special forces team.
On climate-change novels, and KESTREL book two.
As of today, I've been blogging for fifteen years.
I was interviewed by the makers of Ulysses, the app I use to write novels on the iPad Pro.
My desk, what's on it, and how I work when I'm sitting at it.
Learn Ulysses online course with The Sweet Setup.
Behind-the-scenes notes on a location from CHANGER: The Cuypers Library within the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
This week's members-only newsletter: writing a cover-design brief, and some exclusive alternate cover concepts for CHANGER.
The project structure I use to organise a novel, and its related materials.
New site membership plans, monthly or yearly, Apple Pay support, and get new books first and free.
Win a copy of CHANGER by Matt Gemmell, THE BABYLON IDOL by Scott Mariani, and THE SEVENTH PLAGUE by James Rollins.
The cover for TOLL — KESTREL Book Two.
My reflections on the two premier writing studios on the Apple platforms.
A short piece of original fiction.
How to sponsor this site, and share your message with my audience.
A bonus chapter for my novel, CHANGER. Contains spoilers!
Our writing serves as a diary, whether we mean it to or not.
On people-watching, and seeing someone else instead.
On the cover of my first novel, twenty-five years ago.
On the place I'm always drawn to in bookshops.
My new mini-ebook, Writing in Markdown.
Writing fewer words, more often.
On the natural fear we feel when allowing others to read what we're written.
A short piece of original fiction.
The new 2015 MacBook is the ideal laptop for a very specific type of user.
The truth about increasing your readership and social following.
Labelling scenes with points of view in Scrivener.
An update on my writing projects.
I regret writing my most popular article.
If we don't support the artistic output we enjoy, it will inevitably vanish.
We need stories.
On feeling free to write for myself, and let readership take care of itself.
On the interplay of imagination and fiction.
Some thoughts on incorporating themes, symbolism and motifs into writing.
A writer's job is find the lie that's truer than real life.
On the importance of fan fiction as literary output.
Using Scrivener to create ebook anthologies of essays, short stories, poems, etc.
My anthology of personal essays is free today on the Kindle Store.
An anthology of my personal essays, on the Kindle Store.
The new e-book version of my technique for resolving plot issues in fiction, and tackling the second draft.
My technique for resolving plot issues in fiction, and tackling the second draft.
Coming to terms with writing in a pulp genre.
My experiences writing the first draft of a novel.
A tribute to the art of handwriting.
Don't give your work away. Not for anything.
A small thank-you to those who read my writing.
Analogue tools apply a drag force that helps us think before creating.
On building an audience, and the double-edged sword of having one.
Offscreen magazine issue 8, featuring my piece on legacy in the digital age.
You Can Make An App bookazine from Future Publishing, featuring my piece on app design.
My change of career to full-time writing, three months in.
How to sponsor my writing, and share your message with my audience.
In defence of the judicious use of profanity in writing.
Publish your words on your own site, not someone else's.
Everything is about other people's reactions.
Writing about what you know isn't always easy.
I'm making a big change to my career.
The online writers you should be reading, and some of my favourite pieces I've written in 2013.
A chart of the advice in K. M. Weiland's book on Structuring Your Novel.
Our nostalgia traps us.
A brief summary of my preferred style guide for formatting fiction.
Some tips on writing fiction.
On the importance of having a sound grasp of spelling, grammar and punctuation.
The effectiveness of working without the distraction of internet access.
My compulsion to leave something behind, and be remembered.
Notes on my own writing process, including planning, editing, and dealing with block.
Review of my most popular posts of 2012, and some updated traffic stats for this blog.
Reading (and writing) horror fiction controls the fears we already have.
The tools and accessories I use for writing; both software and physical.
Rediscovering the short stories I wrote as a teenager.
A few ways you can help to support this blog.
Non-textbook ideas about what you can make with iBooks Author.
Some points to consider before beginning a book project with iBooks Author.
Feedback from around the web on my 'comments off' policy.
One month after switching comments off, I'm a happier blogger and writer.
The importance of expressing an opinion in tech journalism and blogging.
Review of my most popular posts of 2011, and some traffic stats showing over a million pageviews.
The search for simplicity, elegance and focus in my life, both online and offline.
I'm proud to have been invited to join the Read and Trust network of the best independent writers on the web.
A rewritten version of Adobe's announcement about the end of mobile Flash Player.
The new iPad app edition of Tap! magazine for iOS
The importance of proper attribution when quoting someone's work, avoiding plagiarism, and having a genuine identity to increase credibility online.
My dislike of collections of links without any editorial contribution, as exemplified by paper.li.
How to ask questions properly via email, and avoid excessive courtesy or superfluous words that make your message difficult to understand.