Category Archives: book writing

it’s writing time

If you are a student of English literature then you will be very familiar with the paratext and the hypotext. A hypotext is an early text that serves as a source for a later one. Homer’s Odyssey was the hypotext … Continue reading

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book blog – our endgame revision and proofing

Barbara and I are now on final descent with our new writing book, Detox your writing. We’ll have it to the publisher sometime next week. Yippee. Our process of final revision and proof-reading has been in several stages. About three … Continue reading

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book update – on the importance of chapter structure

It’s been a while since I wrote anything about my current book project with Barbara. We are still in the throes of revising the text, turning our incredibly messy first draft into something more readable. But we are up to … Continue reading

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book blogging – beginning revision

Barbara and I finished a messy first draft of our new book at the end of November. We are back at it again, this time at a distance from each other. No longer sitting side-by-side, one talking while the other … Continue reading

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book blogging – it’s done but not dusted

We’ve played The Hallelujah Chorus. We’ve bounced around to Bowie’s Let’s dance. We’ve shouted Ole and Hooray several times. Yes, we’ve finished a first draft. We have 80,000 words or so – 60,000 of which were written in the last … Continue reading

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book blogging – managing tiredness

We’ve now recognised a pattern in this two-days per chapter fast-writing business. The first day is harder than the second. That’s because on the first day we have to work out how to rhetorically frame the chapter and the order that … Continue reading

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book blogging – making room for two

Ta dah. Loud fanfare. We have now written seven chapters, five of them in this sitting. That’s two days per chapter. Whew. We’ve had to be pretty organised to achieve this level of productivity. We’ve not only done a lot of … Continue reading

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