Monthly Archives: November 2010

Set fire to your heroine and feed her to the lions

OK, so you are writing a novel, what is it that keeps the reader actually reading? For some it may be the bodice ripping count, if some pale and palpitating young thing doesn’t get her bodice ripped at least every … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo – Getting Down To Writing

As you may, or may not, know NaNoWriMo entails writing (a lot!). The aim is to write at least 50,000 words in the month of November. So, ever one to concentrate and really get on with the job at hand, … Continue reading

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Talatu (Taster – YA SF Novel to be published March 2011)

“Wata rana shekaru aru-aru da suka wuce…” That is how my father always began stories which, very roughly translated from the Hausa, means “once upon a time”. So… Once upon a time there was a girl called Talatu, she was … Continue reading

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Screw You Mr. Robinson!

On 10th November I passed through 20,000 words (those who think that they may be in a timewarp, this is a repost from the main website). I attended my first Write In, so I think that I am doing OK … Continue reading

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Signed up for NaNoWriMo

For those of you who may not know, NaNoWriMo is ‘National Novel Writing Month’ in which hundreds of thousands of people commit to writing a novel of at least 50,000 words (in my day that was called a ‘novella’) between … Continue reading

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Introduction to DMLBooks

Well, here it is, the first post the the DMLBooks Blog. DMLBooks is part of the Dennis M Lane Publishing family. You can find the parent site at This blog will contain commentary on writing (the process, inspiration, news … Continue reading

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