Wednesday 11 September 2019


The further you are from something the smaller it gets until at last you can cover it with an outstretched hand and then a thumb and then finally not see it at all.

The further I get from the Broken Empire trilogy the smaller my description of it gets. Currently I'm at the thumb. Small doesn't mean inaccurate. There's a clarity in condensing.

Imagine how you would describe what The Broken Empire is about.

Here's how I do it:

It's about the anger he feels.

It's not about where it comes from, it's just about that raw, broken anger. What it does to him, how it feels, how he fights it, how he uses it, and where it goes in the end.


  1. A masterclass in writing a pitch for a novel. Only problem is that you have to have an idea of this BEFORE your novel gets published! I heard it described once as the 'essence' of your story - this is pretty much spot on for Broken Empire in my view.

  2. Gosh, I love this - I read it and it did hit home. Thanks.