Category Archives: On writing

Deleted scenes

We don’t know about other writers, but when we write novels, we delete as much as we write. Sometimes we delete more. The problem is, some of these deleted scenes are great. We like them, anyway. Some of them aren’t so great, either. Back when we first started writing Linesman we deleted a lot of…

Speech tags and other stuff

Today’s blog comes to you a little late, as we were traveling this weekend. We used to travel a lot, but since Mum died, not so much. As a result, we find we’re no longer in the habit of it.  It’s more exhausting, and we can’t to do a 500km (300mile) round-trip in one day…

Speculate 18

Yesterday I went to the Speculate 18, which is a speculative writers’ festival, held here in Melbourne. It was pretty good. As festivals go, it was small. One stream, five sessions. But they were good sessions. Three in the morning, two in the afternoon. The most fun session was the first one after lunch.  Dungeons…

Write drunk, revise sober

Hemingway supposedly once said, “Write drunk, revise sober.” I say supposedly, because there is no real evidence that he said it, and certainly no evidence that he drank while writing.  In fact, another famous quote attributed to him is: “Jeezus Christ! Have you ever heard of anyone who drank while he worked? You’re thinking of…