Keeping it Brief

I’m still in Hillary Mantel mode, mulling over all the things she said in her recent BBC2 interview and discovering nuggets of excellent advice. Amongst them is her revelation that she reckoned on cutting one third of every page that she writes.  Think about...

Slash and Burn

Yesterday, I cut 4200 words from my book — just like that — to use Tommy Cooper’s immortal phrase.  I’ve been doing rewrites of my novel, painstakingly working my way through the notes my agent has given me, some of which concerned the ending...