J D Davies

Going Dark

This will be the last post for a few weeks, unless [a] I get particularly worked up about some idiocy or other and decide to rant about it, [b] something really interesting emerges from my research, or [c] some of my potential guest bloggers send in contributions. Regular readers will know that I did this last summer, when I was finishing off ‘Quinton 5’, The Battle of All The Ages (now available for pre-order, incidentally), and that I provided a list of the things that I expected to come along and distract me from the task – which, of course, they duly did. For various reasons, I’ve juggled around my work schedule for this year, so that I’ll now aim to finish my next non-fiction book – about the fascinating and distinctly eccentric Stepney baronets of Llanelly House – in the summer and autumn, meaning that it’s time to get started on ‘Quinton 6’, for which both the name and story outline are under Star Wars-like wraps at the moment. Suffice to say that it’s very different to all the books that have gone before, and will be much more complicated to write, so I need to concentrate completely on it, at least in the early stages.

It’s at this sort of time, too, that I need to get back into the habit of writing fiction, which means reminding myself of the basics of how I actually do the job. I know there are all sorts of blogs and websites out there where authors provide their advice to aspiring writers on how to write a book, and I’ve always largely eschewed the temptation to do this – partly because I suppose I think I’m still learning how to do it myself! But for what it’s worth, here are a few things that work for me.

Anyway, I think I can spot a muse in the distance, chugging its way slowly toward my door. Au revoir for now!