The Blog

Weekly posts on how I write, what I write about, and why. Plus a few insights into my history as a writer, and some of the lessons I’ve learned down the years about the art and science of telling unforgettable stories.
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Process

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Spiral Staircase

Spiral Staircase

The piece is nowhere near finished after that first draft. And this is where the spiralling process comes in. It needs revisiting on several occasions before it can move on, and just like you can’t jump from step 1 to step 5 on a staircase, you can’t move from stage 1 to stage 5 in the writing. Sometimes you realise you’re both moving on up and going round in circles.

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Autobiography

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Picking Up the Pen

Picking Up the Pen

The moment I boarded the Emirates flight to Paris out of Dhaka, and settled into my spacious business class seat (“Complimentary glass of champagne, you say? Don’t mind if I do!”), all thoughts of being a writer seemed to dwindle.

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All categories

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Private Eyes

Private Eyes

As a fan of detective series, I’ve always been fascinated by what are known as “evidence boards” – the panels covered in pictures, clippings, maps, and words which sleuths use to display all the clues they’ve amassed. But how does that apply to writing?

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Magic Memory

Magic Memory

We’ve come a long way in terms of technology. Interviewers before my time had to be excellent note takers, perhaps in shorthand. And of course interviews had to be conducted face to face in the same room, or perhaps down the telephone.

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Face to Face

Face to Face

My first step is then to research your field. All that enables me to write better questions to find out more about who you are and what you do, leading up to our extended interview.

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Those Deadly Sins

Those Deadly Sins

What your About page has to do with pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth. Marketing gurus tell us that behind all great advertising is an appeal to one of the deadly sevensome.

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3 in the Morning

3 in the Morning

Once initial contact has been made, my job is to start crafting questions that delve a bit more into who you are, what you do, or what you make, and more importantly perhaps, why.

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Making Contact

Making Contact

Getting in touch is easy enough these days — here on the site you can see a WhatsApp button on every page for a start. On several pages you can also see an option to book an initial 15-minute consultation, completely free of charge.

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Picking Up the Pen

Picking Up the Pen

The moment I boarded the Emirates flight to Paris out of Dhaka, and settled into my spacious business class seat (“Complimentary glass of champagne, you say? Don’t mind if I do!”), all thoughts of being a writer seemed to dwindle.

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A Writer is Born

A Writer is Born

Years, nay decades, passed in which a life gallivanting around the world, from Asia to Africa to Europe, kept me so busy I barely had time, energy or the inclination to write. It just wasn’t my go-to mode of expression.

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Young, Gifted(?) and Pompous

Young, Gifted(?) and Pompous

After an undistinguished school career, at least on the writing front – I was of course decent enough at languages – I headed up to Oxford, where I instantly found myself surrounded by bright young things.

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An Inauspicious Start

An Inauspicious Start

The day I launch this site also happens to be my 56th birthday. And in this, my latest incarnation, I have morphed into “a writer”.

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