February 10, 2011
I recently read an article about creative writing courses,written by David Peace, author of the compelling Red Riding Quartet http://tinyurl.com/4d453jg
. He implies that the main aim ofstudents on writing courses is to acquire industry contacts. He says they “pay £10,000 to meet and listen to flocking agents and publishers”. These agents and publishers, he says, go to meet such students because it’s easier than reading unsolicited manuscripts that “might actually require them to exercise their own judgment (which due to the twin evils of cocaine and post-modernism have rendered most publishing people incapable of...
February 01, 2011
Hiya. My novel, The Hunger Trace, comes out in March, so I'm counting down by writing a few bits about writing.
I don't mind admitting that my first book, Blackmoor, was rejected a fair few times before it sold. I didn't like admitting it at the time. Many of the rejections mentioned problems with the plot and structure. When S&S bought the book, Rochelle, my first editor, and I worked hard on that aspect, and I hope we turned it around.
But before Blackmoor sold, I had a bit of a crisis about the idea of plot. We hadn’t really studied story structure...