The Lost Monuments Archive


I have been waiting for a while to write this post; mainly because I have been trying to choose the most appropriate time. It almost came a few weeks ago, when we all received the fantastic news that ISIS has finally been kicked out of Palmyra.

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The “Dammit! I wish I’d known that” Moment

(A few surviving tally sticks; the original “Stocks”)

It’s something that happens to all of us. After getting an idea, you work hard to put it together in the best possible form, you finish and feel satisfied, and then you stumble across something which – if you’d known about it at the start – could either have made the process much simpler, easier and quicker or enhanced the finished product. For writers it can come with an especially irritating edge, as I’ve recently been reminded of when it happened to me a few days ago. Continue reading

In defence of outlining

As I’ve mentioned a couple of posts ago, I am soon going to be sitting down to begin writing the second volume of my time-travelling detective series The Erik Midgard Case Files. I would like to be doing it already, but right at the moment, I’m in the middle of the writer’s version of what the film industry calls pre-production; outlining. As I’m also partly stuck, I thought I’d take a break today to write something about this.

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