A few more words about Hamlet

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...
Hamlet is Audible’s audiobook of the year

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?

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

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

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

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...