So you don’t have time to write

I had something to say yesterday about the need for routine in productive writing. Judging by the stats it seems to have struck a chord out there. Let me add a few words now on a related subject. For the past…

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Thanks for all the support for Hamlet

This turned up in the post yesterday -- Audible's Audiobook of 2014 award for Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, co-written of course with A.J. Hartley and wonderfully narrated by Richard Armitage. It's a bit over a year now since Hamlet…

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Writing In An Accent: Trouble Ahead

Writing in an accent: trouble ahead

Thanks Tommy, from that wonderfully-named US town Newport News, for the review of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel on Audible above. I know authors shouldn’t comment on reviews and I don’t intend to. You seem to have liked our work — for which I’m grateful. But you also raise an interesting point, especially for someone like me who sets stories in foreign locations.

How, exactly, should foreign characters speak when they’re talking in English?

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Word 2016 For Mac: The Good News And The Bad

Word 2016 for Mac: the good news and the bad

Love it or hate it, Microsoft Word is hard to avoid if you write to be published. That doc or docx file is what a publisher expects you to deliver, and increasingly the production process will take place through comments and change tracking within Word too.

On Windows, with the Word 2013 edition, this is no great problem. In fact I think Word 2013 is good enough to be used as a primary writing app in some cases. But the Mac has been ill-served by Microsoft for many years. The last version of Word, 2011, was a dog, slow, buggy, cumbersome and lacking the features that make Word 2013 so good on Windows.

Now it’s been replaced as part of the new Mac Office 2016 release. So what’s there to cheer about and what to boo?

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