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A village in Kent that you won’t find on any map.
Witch-Free Since 1973

How Long Can You Write For? And When Should You Stop?

How Long Can You Write For? And When Should You Stop?

How much writing can you get done in a day before your brain starts to melt? I’ve picked up a few tips over the years that might help… TRANSCRIPT: Hello folks. We writers talk a lot about writing habits, writing every day or writing regularly. But let’s have a think...
Read the opening of BABES IN THE WOOD now

Read the opening of BABES IN THE WOOD now

You can read the first three chapters of my forthcoming book BABES IN THE WOOD right now. TRANSCRIPT: Hello, folks, all sorts of good news to impart today. First off, if you want to read the thrilling opening chapters to my new book, Babes in the Wood, you can get it...

Mr Stay will be in conversation with the mighty Joe Abercrombie at Waterstones Piccadilly on Friday 17th September at 7pm. A splendid time is guaranteed for all, though space is limited so grab your tickets here now.
Ten Questions

Ten Questions

I was asked ten questions by the author JS Clerk on writing, agents, perspective, voice, the Bestseller Experiment podcast, and all that good stuff. And here are my answers… You can see more of JS Clerk’s interviews here. TRANSCRIPT: Did you always want to be an...
Words To Cut To Make Your Prose More Punchy

Words To Cut To Make Your Prose More Punchy

Want to make your prose more punchy? Try cutting a few of those filler and filter words. Note: these aren’t hard and fast rules. Of course you can use adjectives and adverbs whenever you like. But if you’re editing, it’s not a bad idea to trim as many as possible....
You’ve Written “The End”… Now What?

You’ve Written “The End”… Now What?

I finished the first draft of my novel this week… but what happens next? Jump right in to edit? Or… TRANSCRIPT: Hello, folks, I typed these beautiful words earlier this week… (The End) Of course, this is nothing like the end. This is a raggedy mess...
How To Write Satisfying Endings

How To Write Satisfying Endings

How can you write a really satisfying ending to your story? TRANSCRIPT: Hello, folks. I’m getting to the final few chapters of this first draft, and that’s when I tend to find that my daily word count starts to drastically go down. Why? Well, up to now,...
Six Tips for Writing Action

Six Tips for Writing Action

Here are six tips for writing engaging action and fight sequences… TRANSCRIPT: Hello, folks, as I get closer to the end of this draft and I start ramping up the tension and the stakes and the action and, well, I’m about to embark on a big old action...
Five Tips for Writing Exposition

Five Tips for Writing Exposition

Here are five tips for writing exposition without getting bogged down in, well, exposition… TRANSCRIPT: Hello, folks, let’s talk about exposition. I’ve got to the bit in my book where my protagonist figures out what the villain is up to and there’s a ticking clock and...