I went to prison in Venice today…

The old prison of the Doge’s Palace in Venice to be precise. Casanova reckoned he escaped from this bleak place across the Bridge of Sighs. Others say he just bribed someone to get out. I’m inclined to the latter. It’s a hellish place, made all the...

Get The Killing I for a snip….

The paperback of The Killing III is coming shortly. And to mark that you can for a little while get the Kindle edition of The Killing I for a bargain price of just over £1 in the UK, 85 per cent off list. Check it out...

Santa brought me an iMac Retina and this is why

On the left a pdf of the manuscript marked up using a Galaxy Note tablet. On the right the manuscript file being edited in Pages after export from Ulysses, in advance of final delivery in Word. Both revision and manuscript side-by-side in the clearest detail...

A few more words about Hamlet

I’m still a little shellshocked by yesterday’s discovery that A.J. Hartley, Richard Armitage and I are responsible for Audible’s Audiobook of the Year with Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel.  I really had no idea any of this was on the cards. The...

Dream of Venice

There are millions of Venice-lovers out there. If you want a reminder of why people adore this unique city on the water here’s a book for you. Dream of Venice is a compendium of photos by Charles Christopher with words by a selection of writers and artists...

Hamlet is Audible’s audiobook of the year

I’m still gobsmacked from this news so please excuse the brevity here. Audible has just listed its best books of 2014… and Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel comes top of the list. Yes… we are Audiobook of the Year. Here you go… I’m truly...

Why is it so easy to write in Ulysses?

As anyone who’s listened or read me on the subject of writing knows, I’m very sceptical of word targets. It can be all too easy to fool yourself into thinking something’s working on the basis of a word count alone. Cutting the words you don’t...

Quick Ulysses tip — duplicating scenes

Here’s something that happens to me quite a lot. I map out the structure of a section of the story, with headings, keywords and a synopsis in comments in Ulysses (more detail on how to do that in Writing A Novel with Ulysses, plug, plug). But then when I get...

Office on the Mac: Microsoft, please give up now

I was wondering here the other day… do Microsoft really understand they are close to losing the plot when it comes to word processing on the Mac? It’s four years since they inflicted on the world the dire Office 2011 for OS X, with a version of Word I...

Revising with Ulysses III — some simple techniques

Revision. I love it. My modus operandi these days is to chug ahead with a part of the book then, when it’s finished, give everything a thorough revise before proceeding further. This way I hope to avoid any dismal gotchas — ‘this could not have...