Category Archives: Writing

Manuscript complete – and some useful takeaways from the journey!

UPDATE 05/01/2017: ‘I will never claim to have finished a manuscript again, until it is either binned or metamorphosed into a beautiful book, sitting in the stores and waiting for a new owner. I first posted this blog November 2015 …
Read more

Posted in Avid Book Lover, Books, Jonathan K Benton, Latest News, Writing | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

World Peace – An impossible ideal or a people-powered reality.

I took my six-year-old boy to the park the other day. There was only one swing and another boy wanted to play on it too. Without any adult intervention, the two boys decided sharing was the best option, and ended …
Read more

Posted in Jonathan K Benton, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

It’s all about regrets – finally a new blog

Regrets: everybody has them. They come in all shapes and sizes and can ambush you at any time. There’s a plethora of quotes about regrets. Here’s one from William Shatner: ‘Regret is the worst human emotion. If you took another …
Read more

Posted in Jonathan K Benton, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Hooray for being a Kiwi! – Jonathan K Benton

Feeling a little home sick: it’s times like this that I love being a Kiwi. Pink Floyd’s new album reached number one in NZ. I’ve always known Kiwi’s have great taste. My B’day is just around the corner and I …
Read more

Posted in Books, Jonathan K Benton, Latest News, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

There’s not enough time but there’s always time for a writing tip – Jonathan K Benton

I’m approaching the end of my new manuscript and I’m really excited. This book has been a collaborative effort – I’ve realised that you don’t have to write solo. My mentor’s contribution has been immense and I’m kind of hoping …
Read more

Posted in Avid Book Lover, Jonathan K Benton, Latest News, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A deeply moving article by Hannah Richell

I found this beautifully written article by Hannah Richell about the loss of a loved one and the impact it had on Hannah and her family. It was real ‘tissue box’ material, and reminded me how important it is to …
Read more

Posted in Jonathan K Benton, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

An explosion of philosophy to change the world – Jonathan K Benton

I was sitting on the train watching the suburbs pass by. Picket fences, parks, factories and commercial real estate. Someone was hanging washing on a tiny balcony in a tall apartment block. I felt alone. Insignificant. This is why we …
Read more

Posted in Jonathan K Benton, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

There be good reviews, and there be bad – Jonathan K Benton

There be good reviews, and there be bad, as the pirates would say. A critical review from someone who didn’t like your work is still a good review – carefully considered criticism can be extremely useful. I learn from some …
Read more

Posted in Avid Book Lover, Books, Jonathan K Benton, Reviews, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

I’m scared – Jonathan K Benton

It’s not me for whom I’m scared. It’s my boys. I must believe there’s more good than bad in this world, but sometimes, jeez, it’s hard. Beautiful Alison was murdered by her husband: the media thinks it’s okay to splash …
Read more

Posted in Jonathan K Benton, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Queen, writing and a kind of magic – Jonathan K Benton

I was watching a documentary about Queen and realised that parallels can be drawn between a super group and a great book. Each member of Queen brought their own unique elements to the mix, that when combined, clicked to make …
Read more

Posted in Thoughts, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment