Developing a #Plot without Flat Lining

Developing the plot for a novel should be like replicating a heart monitor. You want to see ups and downs on the screen, but you don’t want to see it flat lining. There’s nothing more likely to bore the pants off your readers than creating a story without any variation. Think of it in terms […]

Time and Place: 1950’s USA

I’ve recently finished the first draft of my second novel, “Under the Bed”. It’s set in New York in both 1969 and 1952. Time and place are integral to the story; the commonality between the two eras is anti-communism in the USA. I’ll only deal with the 1950’s in this blog. “McCarthyism”, which was at the […]

To e- or not to e- That is the Question (orig. post Feb 9th)

To e- or not to e- that is the question: Whether ’tis Nobler for the novel to suffer The trends and whims of publishing world fortune, Or to e-Book, instead of a Sea of Submissions, And by virtual means, end them…   To e-publish or not? Strictly speaking it’s to self-publish or not that’s the […]