March 23, 2017 in Dag

It’s been a long time since I was here

Last week I let you know that I’d officially started work on my new novel. You remember, the comedy/fantasy/satire/adventure/romance. Haven’t figured out a title for it yet, but that will come in time.

It’s a funny kind of feeling starting out on a novel-length work. Particularly since it’s not something I’ve done for quite a while. Almost ten years, to be exact.

March 16, 2017 in Dag

Here I am, diving in all over again

All right, so here is the good news. Here is the formal announcement I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for. I can finally make it official.

I have begun work on my new novel.

March 8, 2017 in Dag

All those famous authors are doing it wrong

Think of an author. Who comes to mind? I’ll bet it’s someone really famous and successful. Someone who has sold a heap of books and probably made a lot of money into the bargain. Someone who has affected the lives of millions of readers around the world. Maybe someone like J.K. Rowling or John Grisham or that Game of Thrones guy whose name I’ve temporarily forgotten.

And I suppose that makes sense. After all, if you’re going to think of anyone, you’re going to think of someone well known. You’re not going to think of someone that hardly anyone has heard of. You’ve probably never heard of that person either, so why would you think of them?

March 2, 2017 in Dag

Setting myself up to fail

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been posting about my planning for the next book I want to write. Blathering on about how I’m aiming to combine genres in unexpected ways and conduct quite a bit of research before I get started.

Throughout these posts, I think there’s one thing that is clear to see. Have you noticed it? Have you figured out the underlying purpose behind these posts? I reckon it’s actually pretty obvious.

February 23, 2017 in Dag

All this making stuff up takes a lot of research

Last week, I briefly mentioned the new novel I am starting to plan. I described how it was going to be a fantasy, comedy, romance, satire, adventure, with a dash of crime and horror thrown in (if you’ll recall, the subject of last week’s post was how one genre is never enough for me).

So having got that out of my system, it’s time to get started. And how does any writer worth their salt get started? I can answer that question in one word: research.