Because this site is really about the novel, I haven’t so far found space for a list of the blogs I follow myself. Eventually I might make a page where you can see all of them, but for now here are one or two that have either been on my list for a while or are new but look likely to stay there.
Matt Curran (A Spot of Blood) began blogging when he became a Macmillan New Writer and I’ve been following him for most of the year. In fact, he was probably the inspiration for starting a writer’s blog of my own. He sounds admirably human in the face of modest success which he freely admits was beyond his wildest dreams. He just sounds like a nice bloke who puts in the hours and deserves his rising sales. He has also organised a blog for other Macmillan New Writers, but I more often read his own.
Catherine Czerkawska’s Wordarts is a bit different. I know of Catherine through the RNA and not long ago heard one of her radio plays (The Price of a Fish Supper, about the West Coast fishing industry) which I thoroughly enjoyed. Despite being a published author she has decided to release one of her unpublished novels, The Corncrake, in instalments on the blog. I’ve decided to follow it, partly to see how it feels to read a novel like this, and also because I like her writing and her Scottish settings. Even if it’s not your genre, take a look and see what she has to say.
Finally, a friend from Devon told me about Dovegreyreader, who as far as I know is not a published writer, but is a very prolific and entertaining blogger, and an omnivorous reader. Her blog combines reviews with personal anecdotes and has lots of useful book trade links. Definitely worth a look, but bear in mind these posts are meaty reading, not casual snippets (like mine?)
And finally! For those of you who don’t think that golf is a good walk spoiled, you may like to meet my alter ego on the Rather Be Golfing blog, which I don’t think is mentioned elsewhere on this site. It’s my excuse for not writing as frequently on this blog as I might! And if you’re golf-phobic (a not uncommon complaint) just tell your friends (they’ll be the ones in the awful jumpers).